Sick Leave in NYC

I was given this on my way in to work this morning:


Sick Leave Law pamphlet, NYC

This new sick leave law, which kicks in on July 30th:

  • Applies to working more than 80 hours a year.
  • You can earn up to 40 hours a year (1 hour for every 30 hours worked). Accrual began on April 1, 2014 for existing employees.
  • Your leave will be paid if your employer has 5, or more, employees and unpaid if under 5.
  • If paid, you will receive your regular hourly rate (not less than minimum wage–$8/hr).
  • Applies to f/t, p/t, undocumented, transitional workers and family workers.

Visit the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs website to get the full details.


Produce Distribution at KCC Urban Farm


KCC Urban Farm produce distribution. Brooklyn, NY


Kingsborough students, did you know you can get free Farm-fresh produce every Thursday this summer! In addition to produce distribution, these events will also host cooking demonstrations that showcase some of what is being given out. Free food AND we tell you what to do with it! Can it get much better?

Note: this distribution is open to KCC students, only. If you’re not currently a student, sign up for one of our summer classes or check in for future Continuing Education classes that are held year round.


CEWD Summer Information Sessions


CEWD is not taking a vacation this summer! We will be holding information sessions for our 3 workforce training programs:

At Project Riseinformation sessions are being held every Tuesday from now through August.

Kingsborough’s CUNY CareerPATH is holding information sessions for our Food and Beverage program. They will be held every Monday and Wednesday from mid-July through the beginning of September.

The Northeast Resiliency Consortium will be holding information sessions for both our Community Health Worker and Culinary Arts training programs every Monday and Wednesday from mid-July through the beginning of September.

If you’re interested in any of these programs, contact us today! Click on the “information session” links above to fill out a quick survey specific to each program. A knowledgeable representative will contact you to determine your eligibility and sign you up for an information session.

Get your future started today!


Cooperative Businesses

A story out of WNYC this morning highlights the emergence of worker cooperatives. Within these businesses, member-owners participate in democratic-style decisions that gives workers greater control over business decisions that directly effect them. According to the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, cooperative businesses “provide better working conditions and wages for typically low-wage work, and increase household wealth for low-income workers.” The New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives has a listing of 40 cooperatives in the New York City area, ranging from webdesign and production to food services, clothing shops, bookkeeping to law services. 

You can listen to WNYC’s report here: Working Without a Boss for Better Wages.


July Job Fairs and Career Events

Don’t let the heat get you down! Here’s a listing of job fairs and career-related events  happening in New York City throughout the month of July:

Upcoming Fairs/Workshops/Events*:

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Free Farm Vegetables!


Kingsborough students, get free vegetables today! Visit KCC Urban Farm between 11am-2pm  (while supplies last) to get bunches of kale, fennel, collards, lettuce and so much more! If you can’t make it today, we’ll be back on the farm on July 10th distributing more produce. Mark your calendars!

Note: this distribution is open to KCC students, only. If you’re not currently a student, sign up for one of our summer classes or check in for future Continuing Education classes that are held year round.



Food Service Upgrade

Whether it’s for you or your employees, Food Service Upgrade will prepare you for the National Servsafe and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Food Protection Certification Exams. This class is part of Northeast Resiliency Consortium programming that trains workers who play critical roles during times of crisis. Call us today to sign up!




Apply for a Class Bed at KCC Urban Farm

KCC Urban Farm is pleased to announce the return of our class beds!

Class beds are 8′x4′ raised beds on the Farm that will be available for research and classes that go beyond what we already offer. Download or fill out the application form below for faculty, staff, and students interested in applying for space. We are looking forward to reading proposals from a variety of disciplines that will help us expand the reach of the Farm in creative and thoughtful ways. 

Applications for class beds are due July 15. Contact Mara at with any questions.

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