Labor and Employment

Labor and Employment Compliance

RIT is dedicated to following U.S. and New York State laws and regulations related to fair, equal, ethical, and transparent employment and labor practices. The Office of Compliance and Ethics (OCE) ensures that the university adheres to these practices by managing relevant processes and programs. OCE also serves as a valuable resource for the RIT community.

For details or assistance regarding labor and employment matters overseen by OCE, explore the specific focus areas below or reach out to Lori Sykes, Compliance and Ethics Manager.

Labor and Employment Focus Areas


OCE serves as the E-Verify program administrator for RIT and confirms employment eligibility for new and existing employees working on federally funded contracts, if required.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

OCE compiles and maintains RIT’s Annual Affirmative Action Plan. For details on Equal Opportunity Employment and Affirmative Action. For more details and guidance, see Human Resources policies and procedures.

Immigration and Employment of Foreign Nationals

OCE manages the process for hiring foreign nationals and ensuring that they maintain appropriate work authorization during their employment with RIT. For more details and guidance, see Human Resources policies and procedures.

Medical or Disability Accommodation Requests

OCE oversees the Medical or Disability Accommodation Request process. For more details, see the Human Resources policies and procedures.

New York DMV License Event Notification Service (LENS)

OCE enrolls certified drivers in the New York Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) LENS program and monitors ongoing driving eligibility of faculty and staff for RIT business purposes.

Required Notifications for Employees

OCE answers questions and supplies guidance on required notices to applicants and employees, including notices from the U.S. Department of Labor, New York State, and outside of New York.


OCE manages the processing of all unemployment claims received by RIT.