A Bachelor of Fine Arts ( BFA) is a standard undergraduate degree for students for pursuing a professional education in the visual, fine or performing arts. It is also called Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA) in some cases.
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On February 7, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Department of Factory Inspection and the Board of Mediation and Arbitration consolidated to form the New York State Department of Labor, headed by an Industrial Commissioner of Labor.
In 1913, reorganization of the Department of Labor led to the creation of the Industrial Board, an advisory board tasked with increasing awareness of and enforcing the NYS Industrial Code, a set of rules and regulations with the force of law that affects the health, safety and comfort of workers. This Board made the Department of Labor an administrative as well as a regulatory agency. The Division for Industrial Hygiene, for technical research, was also established at this time. On July 11, 1...
In 1921, the NYS Legislature reorganized the Department of Labor, placing quasi-judicial and legislative powers in an Industrial Board and assigning administrative matters to a single Industrial Commissioner. An amendment to the State Constitution in 1926 reorganized the more than 180 scattered departments, bureaus, boards and commissioners of State government into 18 departments, one of which was the Department of Labor. In 1929, Frances Perkins was named New York State Commissioner of Labor.
In 1933, the Prevailing Rates of Wage amendment to the NYS Labor Law charged the Industrial Commissioner with determining wages to be paid on all public works of the State (except those done for a city). In the same year, Frances Perkins was appointed United States Secretary of Labor by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, becoming the first woman named as a federal cabinet official. After the Social Security Act of 1935authorized unemployment insurance for the jobless, NYS DOL created the Di...
In January 1942, for the duration of World War II, the President of the United States absorbed the New York State Employment Service into the National Manpower Program. In 1944, New York State’s Minimum Wage Law was amended to include men. In 1945, the NYS Industrial Board was replaced by the Workmen’s Compensation Board. The National Manpower Program ended in 1946, and control of the Employment Service was returned to New York State. Also in this year, New York first passed laws regulating t...
In 1971, both Unemployment Services and Manpower Services, formerly the part of the Division of Employment, became part of the Department of Labor. The federal government passed the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), under which allocation of funds is locally oriented, in 1973, and in 1974, NYSDOL began implementing the act in New York State. In 1975, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) takes over enforcement of federal safety and health regulation in the priva...
The Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) of 1982replaced the CETA. The new law provided localities with federal funds for employment training. In 1987, DOL began its regulation of asbestos control activities in the state.
In 1991, New York State became the first state in the U.S. to require both school and parental permission for teenagers to work past 10 p.m. In 1992, it also became the first state in the U.S. to establish enforceable guidelines to protect public employees against tuberculosis in the workplace. The NYS Department of Labor debuted the first iteration of its website in 1995. In an effort to reform Workers’ Compensation, the NYS Legislature passed Governor George Pataki’s New York Employment, Sa...
New York State minimum wage was raised to $5.15 per hour and linked to federal minimum wage in 2000. In 2001, DOL completed the conversion of the Unemployment Insurance program from in-person filing to a new filing system using an Interactive Voice Response systems and a touch-tone phone. Additionally, UI applications went online through the department’s website. In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attack, DOL mobilized to work with state, federal and NYC agencies to aid in the relief...
2010s to Present
2010 saw the passage of both the NYS Construction Industry Fair Play Act, which made it illegal for an employer to misclassify employees as independent contractors or pay employees off the books, and the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, the first law of its kind in the nation. In 2013, Governor Cuomo announced sweeping reforms to New York State’s Workers Compensation and Unemployment Insurance programs, which were designed to save employers $1.2 billion. The NYS Commercial Goods Transportatio...
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Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York State's first-in-the-nation Excluded Workers Fund is close to being exhausted. To date, the New York State Department of Labor has paid out $1.2 billion in benefits from the fund and nearly 120,000 applications have been approved. Over $2 billion will be paid by the end of October.
Dec 23, 2021 · New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon was appointed by former Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in October 2015 to oversee the Department’s more than 3,300 employees. On June 15, 2016, Commissioner Reardon was unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate.
Oct 10, 2021 · New York courts have held that an agreement to give benefits or wage supplements, like vacation, can specify that employees lose accrued benefits under certain conditions. [See Glenville Gage Company, Inc. v. Industrial Board of Appeals of the State of New York, Department of Labor, 70 AD2d 283 (3d Dept 1979) affd, 52 NY2d 777 (1980).]
The Department of Art offers four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) and two-year Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degrees. The B.F.A. program requires students to complete coursework in various mediums of visual art, but provides ample opportunity to take classes outside of the department.