New Law For Lawyers
Law is a field that is always changing. In order to stay on top of your game, it is important to understand and embrace new ways to serve clients. One such idea is “new law.” While this concept can be difficult to define, it encompasses a broad range of strategies that all lawyers should keep an eye on.
A number of new laws went into effect on January 1, 2023. Some of them are big and some are small, but all have the potential to impact the legal community.
The SAFE-T Act
This massive criminal justice reform legislative package includes several changes to rules governing jail time while waiting for trial and the use of force by police. It will also affect civil rights and the way people are charged with crimes.
Women can get more help if they suffer from sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking by filing a new kind of protective order. The new law allows survivors to file for these orders via email or online, rather than just in person.
Businesses must now disclose salaries on job postings, which could help equalize pay for men and women. However, intense business opposition blocked a portion of this bill that would have required companies to publish pay data broken down by position, gender, and race.
Illinoisans can get a break on their car registration fees if they buy an automobile made in the state. This is just one aspect of a new law that aims to boost local economies.
Health insurance companies must now cover hormone therapy treatments for women who undergo a hysterectomy and induce early menopause. This is just part of a larger effort to combat health disparities in the US.
New York City agencies must now provide employees and job applicants with notices about federal student loan forgiveness programs. DCWP will prepare these notices and make them available to the agencies.
A woman who has a miscarriage, stillbirth or any other pregnancy or fertility-related diagnosis or event may take up to 10 days of unpaid leave. This new law will help ensure that women are able to care for themselves without worrying about money.