New York Law Law Firms: What’s Hot in the New Year

Law new is a term that refers to ways that legal firms can offer the kind of help that clients need in innovative ways. It can include embracing technology, coming up with strategies for serving underserved populations and finding other methods that make a difference. This approach can help a firm increase revenue and client satisfaction by offering a different type of legal service.

New York State has a variety of laws that govern how residents live, work and play. This includes the Constitution, laws passed by the Legislature and periodically codified in the New York Consolidated Laws, and decisions made by courts that interpret those laws. The City also has its own laws, including ordinances (known as bills) that have been proposed by members of the Council and Mayor and approved by the Council, resolutions (known as proclamations) that are signed by the Mayor, and rules (known as regulations) created by City agencies.

A few of the major changes that took effect in the New Year are highlighted below:

The minimum wage has increased in NYC, Long Island and Westchester. It now stands at $16 an hour. This bill would require City agencies to provide employees and job applicants with notice about federal and state student loan forgiveness programs. The City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection would prepare the notice and make it available to the agencies, who would in turn provide it to their employees and job applicants.

Local Law 152 of 2022 will allow community pharmacies and health care providers to distribute fentanyl testing supplies, a life-saving tool that can be used to identify the presence of dangerously potent synthetic drugs, including fentanyl, in drug samples. The law, named after Matthew Horan, who died of an accidental fentanyl overdose in 2020, will decrease the likelihood that an unwitting family member or friend will be harmed by unknowingly taking a harmful substance.

This bill would amend existing privacy laws to clarify that, except as otherwise provided for in this article and other applicable State and federal law, the City may not release private identifying information about individuals who have been convicted of a crime. In addition, the law would clarify that the City is not required to disclose arrest or booking photographs of a person, unless disclosure is necessary to serve a specific and substantial law enforcement purpose. The Committee on Open Government may promulgate guidelines concerning deletion of identifying details and withholding of records that would otherwise be available under this article to prevent unwarranted invasions of personal privacy.