• 09/09/2015 | LawHelpNY

    Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (SCDEA), went into effect on September 3rd, 2015. The law was put in place protect employees and potential applicants from being discriminated by credit checks. The law was signed on May 6th, 2015 by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Human Rights Commissioner and Chair Carmelyn P. Malalis.

  • 08/29/2015 | LawHelpNY

    This post was originally featured on LSNYC's blog.The Tenant Rights Campaign, a joint initiative of Legal Services NYC and The Legal Aid Society, working in collaboration with New York Communities for Change, launched an anti-displacement initiative in East New York and Brownsville.

  • 08/16/2015 | LawHelpNY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SzzNzBKj3o Over 100 people have been diagnosed with an infection of the lungs called Legionnaires' disease. NYC Mayor's Office shares this update on Legionnaires' disease in the South Bronx. 

  • 07/10/2015 | LawHelpNY

    The NYC Rent Freeze Program for Seniors and People with Disabilities (also known as SCRIE and DRIE) is a great way to help NYC tenants stay in their homes and keep their rent low.It’s been 6 months since the Department of Finance published the NYC Rent Freeze Report, which identifies where potentially eligible people live throughout the City. With over 90,000 potentially eligible households not enrolled in the program, we have taken on a number of new initiatives to spread the word and get those that are eligible, enrolled in this valuable benefit.

  • 06/28/2015 | LawHelpNY

    This post was originally featured on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his decision to designate Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months based on the conditions resulting from the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, and the subsequent aftershocks. As a result, eligible nationals of Nepal residing in the United States may apply for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

  • 06/22/2015 | LawHelpNY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErhlRdZHX24The Department of Consumer Affairs All consumers should know the ten following tips:1. Check a business’ license status and complaint history.2. Look for refund policies and credit card limitations, which stores must post.3. Look for prices, which stores must post for goods and services.4. Ask for and keep receipts. 5. Beware of false advertising and scams.6. Look for a DCA seal on scales, gas pumps, and home heating oil delivery trucks, which shows they passed inspection.7. Protect your identity. 8. Research, negotiate, and

  • 06/20/2015 | LawHelpNY

    This information was originally posted on NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development.Rent regulation laws expired, but State Legislators agree to a five day extension.Here's what you need to know.

  • 06/08/2015 | LawHelpNY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMsn9uHpDXMIn partnership with NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, FEMA has developed some essential tips to avoid frauds and scams in the event of a natural disaster.1. Check for a valid Federal ID. 2. FEMA employees or inspectors do not ask for money.3. Personal information will only be requested at the time of registration.

  • 06/02/2015 | LawHelpNY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sWUSbNi2vQNYC Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin gives an overview of paid sick leave law in New York. The Paid Sick Leave law began on April 1, 2014. Under this law many New Yorkers will be able to benefit and continue working without fear of losing their employment.  What you should know about paid sick leave in English and Spanish.Below are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding Paid Sick Leave New York via NYCDCA.Which employers must provide sick leave?

  • 05/28/2015 | LawHelpNY

    FEMA Announces Insurance Claims ReviewOn May 15, 2015, over two-and-a-half years after Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that people who submitted a Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claim and who are not satisfied with the amount of money they received for their losses may ask for a review of that claim. FEMA has started to notify approximately 142,000 people that they may request a review under this program.  The review process will cover all claimants who has storm losses from Oct. 27, 2012 through Nov. 6, 2012.