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What New Laws in NY Take Effect in 2024

As we step into the new year, New York is ushering in a wave of legislative changes that will significantly impact residents across the state. In a recent article by Gillian Hamilton published on January 2, 2024, in the Times Union, we gain insights into some pivotal laws slated to take effect this year.

1. Increase in Minimum Wage:

One of the noteworthy changes is the increase in the minimum wage across the state. Commencing January 1, 2024, the minimum wage will rise to $15 per hour, with employees in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester seeing an increase to $16 per hour. This change aims to address economic disparities and improve the financial well-being of workers.

2. “Freelance isn’t Free” Act (S.5026/A.6040):

Freelance workers are set to gain enhanced protections with the implementation of the “Freelance isn’t Free” Act. This legislation mandates the use of written contracts and ensures full and timely payment for services totaling at least $800. The act also establishes basic protections and enforcement measures at the state level.

3. Asian Lunar School Year as a School Holiday (A.7768/S.7573):

Recognizing the cultural significance of Lunar New Year, an amendment to the education law designates it as a mandatory public school holiday in New York. This decision reflects the importance of honoring cultural diversity and traditions.

4. Raises the Age to Drive ATVs (S2702/A150):

An amendment to the vehicle and traffic law raises the legal age for operating ATVs from ten to 14 years old. The law also places restrictions on where children under 16 can operate ATVs, allowing only on lands owned by their parents or guardians and under supervision.

5. Doula Care for Medicaid Patients (S1867/A5434):

A significant amendment to public health law, this bill mandates the establishment of the New York State Community Doula Directory on the Department of Health’s website. The aim is to provide Medicaid reimbursement and promote doula services for Medicaid recipients.

6. Ban on Slaughter of Equines for Food (S2163/A5109):

This law prohibits the slaughter of equines intended for human or animal consumption. The legislation covers all members of the equine family, including horses, ponies, donkeys, mules, and burros. Penalties are outlined for any violation of this ban.

7. Prohibition of Access to Personal Accounts (S2518/A836):

An amendment to labor law bars employers from requesting or requiring employees or applicants to disclose usernames, passwords, or any other login information to personal accounts as a condition of employment. The law also ensures that such information cannot be used in any disciplinary actions by the employer.

8. Restriction on Utilities’ Ability to Backbill (S4234/A4055):

An amendment to public service law limits utilities’ ability to backbill after failing to bill for more than two months. Additionally, the law mandates utilities to include the customer’s records at that address for the past two years with every bill.

In conclusion, these legislative changes reflect a commitment to addressing diverse issues and improving the lives of New Yorkers. Stay informed and navigate these legal updates as they unfold in 2024. For further details, you can follow Capitol Confidential, a weekday newsletter keeping you abreast of New York politics. Sign up via email to stay connected with the latest updates.

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