The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), in partnership with the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services (NYS DVS), announced all New York state employers with more than 50 employees are now required to display a new veterans benefits and services poster.
Legislation signed in November now requires the poster to be displayed in an area accessible to all employees in the workplace. The poster provides information on how to access several veteran resources, including mental health and substance abuse assistance, training and workforce services, tax benefits, legal resources, and more. Posters can be downloaded and printed from the NYSDOL website.
“Veterans have given so much to our state and nation, and we are grateful for their service,” New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said. “At the New York State Department of Labor, we thank these heroes by doing our part to ensure that they are connected to every state and federal resource possible. They supported us when we needed them most, and now it is our turn to pay it forward.”
New York State Division of Veterans’ Services Director Viviana DeCohen said, “We are excited to collaborate with our partners at the Department of Labor on this effort to ensure all those who served are aware of the benefits and services they earned through their military service. This is a major step to bring widespread awareness to employers and veterans about the vast number of resources and programs available to them. We look forward to supporting and assisting them in accessing these services.”
Assembly member Karen McMahon said, "We owe a profound debt of gratitude to the men and women who have served and protected our nation in the armed forces. I'm proud to have introduced this legislation requiring that a poster be displayed in the workplace detailing resources available to veterans. Veterans deserve a seamless transition back to civilian life, and this will make that process easier for those returning home. I am grateful to Gov. Hochul for signing this legislation, and look forward to New York's veterans fully accessing the programs and services available to them."
In addition to important resources, the poster also features hotline information for veterans to get live and confidential call, text, and online chat support for a variety of needs.
In conjunction with NYS DVS, NYSDOL will launch a public service campaign to educate veterans and businesses about the new law. The goal of this multipronged approach is to educate veterans about the full spectrum of resources available to them, and businesses about their responsibilities under this new law.
NYSDOL offers a variety of programs to help veterans looking for work. The agency employs disabled veterans’ outreach program specialists and local veterans’ employment representatives, veterans who assist other veterans in employment needs throughout the state. NYSDOL also has educational and training resources specifically catered to veterans and priority of service for veterans and those who qualify. To learn more, visit NYSDOL’s Services for Veterans webpage.
For information about NYS DVS services, visit veterans.ny.gov.