5 New Laws That Took Effect on January 1st

The dawn of the new year brings with itself a lot of new things. And although the Government remains the same, it does not mean that laws have to stay the same as well. With that said, here are 5 new laws that were passed with the arrival of a new year and new decade.

  1. Increase In Minimum Wages

According to the National Employment Law Project, the minimum wage for workers is expected to increase in 2020. This law is expected to be effective in exactly 21 states and as much as 21 cities and counties. And though the increase in minimum wage of the workers in the mentioned states, cities, and counties is supposed to be implemented on January 1st, 2020, New York could not wait and already started raising the pay for its workers a day before; on December 31st, 2019. The pay rate is expected to be equal to or more than $15 for an hour.

What’s even better is that the number of states that will follow this law is expected to increase by 4 and by 23 in the case of cities and counties.

  1. Protection of Your Data

According to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA ), the residents of California have the right to ask the companies to disclose whatever data that they have on them and if the residents want their data deleted then the companies can not deny them.

Though the law has only been passed in California, other states are also taking action and reconsidering their privacy measures. And while non-California residents do not have the right to get their data deleted, yet, they can still look in the new service terms to know about what kind of data the companies have been or are collecting.

  1. Limitations on Reporting Sexual Assault to be Removed

As more and more victims are opening up about their sexual assault experiences, it is getting easier to report for such cases. Limitations, such as that of age and deadlines are expected to be relaxed and according to the new laws, victims can report for any abuse till the age of 40 and till 5 years of the event.

  1. Gun Laws

Colorado enacted the “ red flag” law which gives its residents the right to go to the court and file a petition to temporarily remove the guns of any individual that might be a threat to themselves or other people. And although there is a lot of controversy going around the law, we can not be sure about what’s to happen in the future.

On the other hand, Tennessee is moving in the opposite direction and making it easy for its residents to have the permit to carry a handgun.

  1. No More Plastic Bags

The new decade brings with itself environment-friendly changes as single-use plastic bags get banned. You are supposed to bring your bag whenever you go for grocery shopping or else pay extra.

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