Are you Somebody with HIV/AIDS? An Alcohol or Drug Addiction? A Criminal Record?... (Updated 2017)

This booklet is for New Yorkers with HIV or AIDS, a substance use disorder and/or a criminal record who want to know their rights to be free of discrimination. It explains: laws that forbid discrimination; limits on what employers, landlords, and others may ask; how to get a job or housing despite the stigma associated with HIV, addiction, and having a criminal record; and what to do when confronted with illegal discrimination.

Employment and HIV (2016)

Are you interested in working but have concerns about disclosing your status to your employer? Needing an accommodation?  This pamphlet answers common questions about HIV and employment. Also available in Spanish.

How to Gather Evidence of Rehabilitation (2016)

How can you show employers, landlords, and others that your criminal record does not define who you are today?  This pamphlet provides detailed tips for gathering proof of your rehabilitation – positive changes you have made since your convictions. Also available in Spanish.

To Disclose or not to Disclose? (2016)

Have you ever wondered whether to disclose your— or a patient’s— HIV status when completing medical forms for employment, school, camp, and other activities?  This article provides guidance about whether and how to disclose this sensitive health information. Also available in Spanish.

HIV/AIDS: Testing, Confidentiality & Discrimination. What You Need to Know About New York Law (2018)

An easy-to-use, comprehensive guide to New York State’s HIV testing, confidentiality, and discrimination laws. Updated in 2012, with an additional supplement in 2018, the manual provides a detailed explanation of New York’s HIV testing and privacy law (Article 27-F of the Public Health Law), including its relationship to HIPAA’s federal health privacy rules. The manual also reviews federal, state, and New York City anti-discrimination laws that protect people with HIV/AIDS. This manual is a must read for health and social service providers in New York who serve people with HIV/AIDS and also a vital resource for individuals affected by the HIV epidemic.

Lowering Criminal Record Barriers- Including New Rights in NYS (2020)

Explains how New Yorkers with criminal records may be able to seal or correct criminal record information and gather evidence of rehabilitation, including applying for certificates of rehabilitation, to help overcome criminal record barriers.

Employment with a Criminal Record- Including New Rights in NYS (2019)

Covers information that appears on New York criminal records, outlines the laws that protect New Yorkers with criminal records when they apply for jobs, explains how New York employers should evaluate criminal records, and suggests ways New Yorkers with criminal records can increase their chances of finding employment despite the barriers a criminal record may pose.

Employment Rights of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, and/or Substance Use Disorders (2019)

This training explains the employment rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and/or substance use disorders, and touches on issues related to health and life insurance. The training focuses on federal and New York laws.

Returning to Work with HIV: Effect on Government Benefits (2019)

Many people with HIV would like to work but face a complex maze of questions about how employment would impact their access to benefits and services.  This webinar explains how employment can affect government benefits for people with HIV, such as Medicaid, Medicare, SSI/SSD, public assistance, housing subsidies, and HASA.

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