When you are a lawyer, it’s important to stay up-to-date on all of the changes in your field. This is especially true when a new area of law emerges that you may not be familiar with or may not have considered. Those who are looking to expand their career options should also keep an eye on what’s “law new” as it could offer them a new area of opportunity.
There’s no question that technology is changing the practice of law at a rapid pace. For those who have the right skills and are willing to embrace this new way of doing business, they could find themselves on the front edge of a lucrative and fast-growing segment of the legal industry.
Law new refers to a practice that involves taking on clients and cases in areas of the law that are not as familiar as other fields of the practice of law. It can include everything from data breaches to human trafficking. This practice typically includes a smaller staff than typical law firms and a more non-traditional fee structure.
Many people might be surprised to know that there are a number of new laws on the books, some of which took effect in 2022. Some of these are small, while others will have a significant impact on the legal landscape.
The following are a few of the most significant new laws that went into effect in 2022.
Paid Safe Time for Victims of Family Offense Matters, Sexual Offenses, Stalking and Human Trafficking
This local law expands paid safe leave benefits in New York City for victims of certain crimes. It will allow for more flexibility in arranging work schedules and other factors to provide needed time off to those who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or other qualifying events.
New Laws to Prevent Gender Bias in Prices
If you are a consumer, you might have noticed that some products are priced more than others. This law will prohibit stores from charging different prices for personal care items that are marketed to men or women.
Establishing Protections for Displaced Hotel Service Workers
This Local Law would establish protections for displaced hotel service workers in the event of a change in control of the business, such as a sale or bankruptcy. It will allow for severance pay, assistance finding employment and training opportunities.
New Laws to Prohibit Street Vendor Charges
This bill will require the establishment of a separate office within DCWP that will solely enforce vending laws. It will also establish a temporary cap on the number of new retail dealer licenses in each community district to ensure that at least one supervisory vending licensee is present at each pushcart at all times.
To learn more about the City’s laws and rules, visit DCWP’s Laws of the City (Public Access Portal), NYC Council Legislation website and NYC Rules. You can also follow updates on the latest laws on social media by visiting our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.