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New York Industrial Board Of Appeals Agency Business Name Approval


What words are restricted for business names in New York that needs approval from the Industrial Board of Appeals Agency?

“Union;” “council;” “industrial organization;” and “labor.”

These terms cannot be used in a context which indicates or implies that the corporation is formed or authorized as an organization of working men/women or wage earners, or for the performance, rendition or sale of services as labor management consultant, adviser or specialties, or as negotiator or arbitrator in labor-management disputes, unless approval of Industrial Board of Appeals is annexed. [BCL §301(a)(6)/N-PCL §404(j)]

How to request approval from the New York Industrial Board of Appeals Department for use of restricted word:

To request approval, you must provide by mail or in person:

  • a letter requesting approval, including contact information and address.
  • the original and one conformed copy of all of the duly executed documents which are required to be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State of the State of New York.
  • notification from the Office of the Secretary of State that the proposed name is available, or the letter of a licensed attorney stating that name availability has been verified by a search of the records of the Department of State, except if the document refers to an existing New York corporation and does not involve a change of name.
  • be sure to provide your contact information.

Is there a fee to request approval of your business name from the New York Industrial Board of Appeals Department?

There is no fee required by the Industrial Board of Appeals for approval of business names.

How long will it take them to process the request for approval?

Processing time depends on when your request is received. They only have board meetings once per month. If they receive your request a couple of weeks before the next board meeting they will review it at the next meeting. Otherwise, your request will be reviewed at the following meeting. You may want to call to confirm their meeting dates to obtain specific processing times. You will receive a response letter by mail.

How to contact the New York Industrial Board of Appeals Agency:

New York State Industrial Board of Appeals Empire State Plaza Agency Building 2, 20th Floor Albany, New York 12223
Phone: 518-474-4785
Website: New York Industrial Board of Appeals

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