N.Y. LABOR UNIT PUTS APPAREL TASK FORCE ON WEB

NEW YORK — The Apparel Industry Task Force has gone on line.
The New York State Department of Labor said Thursday that it had added the 10-year-old task force, which investigates illegal activities in the garment industry, to its World Wide Web site on the Internet.
The task force can be found on the Labor Department’s home page under the heading “Want to Know if an Apparel Manufacturer/Contractor is Registered?” State law requires garment industry manufacturers and contractors to register with the state Labor Department. Registration enables the task force to monitor the activities of garment manufacturers and contractors to make sure they follow all labor, health and safety laws.
The Labor Department Web site, http://www.labor.state.ny.us, includes apparel industry regulations and a list of contractors in compliance. It also has information on employment services and job openings, labor market statistics and hyperlinks to other state entities and initiatives.
Similar Web sites offering information and data bases on the apparel industry have sprung up in the last year or so from the Fashion Center Business Improvement District, American Apparel Manufacturers Association, Garment Industry Development Corp. and UNITE.

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