New 2023 Laws for New York
Posted on January 6, 2023 in Firm News
New Yorkers will notice several new laws that went into effect on Jan.1 that could significantly impact their every day.
One of the most crucial laws for construction workers (signed right before the end of the year) was the passing of Carlos’ Law. This necessary legislation was in limbo for years and will now hold employers and contractors more accountable for workplace injuries.
Outside of construction, here are some more laws highlighted by Fox New York that New Yorkers will see in the new year.
2023 New York Laws
Do you hate robocalls? A new law effective Jan.1 will require all telemarketers to give customers an option to be added to the do-not-call list at the onset of the call. The current law also required this option, but it was often saved until the end of a call, requiring consumers to wait long periods before they could cancel.
New York State minimum wage will continue on its rise to $15 per hour with another $1 increase in 2023. This puts the current minimum wage for workers outside of New York City, Westchester County, and Long Island at $14.20.
Paid Sick Leave
The term “family member” will now be added to paid family leave law to allow for New Yorkers to use the time for loved ones outside their children, spouse, and parents. Employees can now get up to 67% of their annual salary for up to 12 weeks, including the care of siblings.
Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety
2022 was a deadly year for pedestrians and bicyclists in New York, and a new law hopes to reduce future tragedies with more education for drivers. As of Jan. 1, a new law requires New York drivers to take a pre-licensing safety course increasing their awareness of safety practices to keep non-drivers safe on the road.
Employers who advertise jobs in New York must now provide a list of salary ranges as part of a new pay transparency law. Some employers are already trying to get around this by posting jobs from $1-$100,000. However, candidates can now see a large pay range as a red flag and avoid jobs that advertise such ranges.
Breastfeeding in Airports
Breastfeeding mothers in 2023 will have a safe and private space for feedings at certain airports across the state. The new law requires a separate area, away from the public, to be built for mothers and infants to support breastfeeding without being subject to ridicule or shame.
College Sports Income
College athletes in New York can now make an income from endorsements without fear of losing their scholarships. Under the new law, college athletes can earn compensation from their image, name, or likeness and seek professional representation without repercussions.
This year, nursing homes in New York will be required to maintain effective communication with residents, family members, and guardians about active infections at the facility. This may include infection detection or exposure to infection and the facility’s plan to accommodate residents.
In an effort to improve the voting process, a new law will require the canvassing and counting of an affidavit ballot of voters who appear at the wrong voting place. The law only applies to eligible voters as long as they are voting in the right assembly district and county.
*Please note this information is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute a lawyer/client relationship. For more in-depth information about each 2023 New York law, you can browse bills and laws through The New York State Senate website.
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