In a field as rapidly evolving as law, it can be challenging to keep up with changes. But those who stay ahead of the curve have an advantage over their peers. They know how to embrace new ideas and techniques. This is a concept known as “law new” and it’s something that all legal firms can utilize to their benefit.
A few new laws went into effect on July 1. Highlights include recognition of Juneteenth as a state holiday, an overhaul of the firearm industry’s responsibility, and changes to how criminal records are handled.
Another new law that took effect is a requirement for businesses to list their pay ranges in job ads, which is intended to help reduce wage disparity and encourage hiring practices that are fair and equitable. The legislation, which was enacted in collaboration with Governor Kathy Hochul and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, is a crucial part of New York’s commitment to expanding and protecting worker rights.
Also taking effect is a law to require contractors who hire construction laborers in New York City to provide workers’ compensation insurance. The new rules also require contractors to disclose whether they have such insurance and to provide a copy of the policy for inspection. New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Zara Brownfield praised the new rules, which she said would improve working conditions and safety in the construction industry.
Additionally, a new law takes effect today that allows private employers to collect and use employee-provided data on an anonymous basis for performance evaluations, workforce management and training purposes. However, the law does not allow employees to file discrimination or retaliation claims based on data collected by their employer. The law, signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul, applies to companies with four or more employees and is the first of its kind in the nation.
To learn more about how a law becomes a law in the federal government, check out this infographic. It explains how a bill is created in both the House of Representatives and the Senate and how it goes through a process of research, discussion, amendments and votes before it’s passed. It’s a valuable resource for anyone who wants to understand how our government functions and the laws that affect us on a daily basis.