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7 New NY Laws That Could Impact Your Life In 2020
Dec 22, 2019. Criminal justice rules, paid family leave and the minimum wage are all changing next year in New York. Find out how they might affect you.
Legislators in Albany pass a slew of laws each year. According to the New York State Senate, more than 650 bills were signed into law this year alone. But some major laws aren't going into effect until 2020. Here's what you need to know about those laws and what their implementation might mean for you.
Criminal Justice Reform
The new laws being discussed the most are part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's criminal justice reform agenda. They include the elimination of cash bail for nonviolent offenses and misdemeanors. (There are exceptions, however, including regarding sex offenses and domestic abuse cases.) There is also a new requirement that police officers issue desk appearance tickets to most people they charge with misdemeanors and Class E felonies, rather than arresting them and putting them in jail. These changes will ensure that about 90 percent of people who are charged with a
crime will stay out of jail before their time in court. Violent offenders will still be jailed.
Another big change will be to New York's legal discovery process, which will require prosecutors to provide more information and materials to the accused for their defense and do so within 15 days of their arraignment.
Opponents of the law say that it will force prosecutors to give violent offenders personal informa- tion about their victims. But Cuomo says a provision in the law allows prosecutors to petition the court for a protective order to shield that information and protect victims.
Sexual Harassment Complaints
Another new law gives workers new protections from harassment in the workplace. As part of that, the statute of limitations for victims to file a sexual harassment complaint with the state Division of Human Rights will be extended from one year to three years. This provision goes into effect Aug. 12, 2020.
Paid Family Leave Increases
New York passed new Paid Family Leave laws in 2016 that are being rolled out over many years. In 2020, workers will be entitled to take up to 10 weeks of leave and receive 60 percent of their average weekly wage, although that amount will be capped at $840.70 per week. The percentage is up from 55 percent in 2019.
Minimum Wage Increases
Minimum wage laws that were passed in 2016 are still going into effect, and many people will see wages increase in 2020. On Dec. 31, 2019, the minimum wage on Long Island and in Westchester increased to $13 an hour, up from $12. Small employers
in New York City — those with 10 or fewer employees — will have to pay the maximum $15 per hour, which brings them in line with other city employers. The rest of the state, is increasing at a slower rate, seeing the minimum wage rate go from $11.10 to $11.80 per hour.
Addiction and Mental Health Insurance Changes
Starting Jan. 1, 2020, there will be new requirements for health insurers in New York relating to coverage for addiction and mental health. These responsibilities include improved consumer disclosures, limiting the amount of co-pays or coinsurance for outpatient mental health treat- ment and treatment for addiction, expanding existing protections related to medical necessity review of inpatient and outpatient treatment for addiction, and new prohibitions on preauthorization requirements for certain inpatient mental health treatment. n
The Suffolk-Nassau December 2019 unemployment rate ticked upward to 3.6% from 3.3% in November. There were 5,000 fewer jobs available in December than November. Job losses were fueled by Mining, Logging and Construction, Education and Health Service, Informations and Manufacturing sectors while Trade, Transportation and Utilities, Financial Activities, Professional and Business Services ticked upward; Government and Other Services sectors remained unchanged. n

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