When you work in the legal industry, things move fast. It is important to stay on top of changes and be able to adapt quickly to new challenges. For some law firms, embracing the concept of “law new” can mean a new source of revenue and a fresh approach to service delivery. This is a field that all firms should understand and consider using to their advantage.
California’s newest laws
In 2022, legislators passed nearly 1,200 bills, and about 1,000 of those became law with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature. Many of the new laws are narrow and focused on a specific issue or industry, but there are some that could have a significant impact on the lives of residents of the state.
For example, one new law prohibits stores from charging different prices for products that are marketed to men and women, which critics call the “pink tax.” Another would require businesses to include salary ranges in job postings, which advocates say will help people who are trying to decide whether or not to apply for a certain position.
The bill would also reduce the statute of limitations for medical malpractice actions from four to two years, and create uniform standards to assist juries in calculating the accurate value of medical damages in personal injury cases. The bill also eliminates attorney fee multipliers in negligence cases and requires that attorneys get client consent before pursuing claims for fees in some types of civil litigation.
Learn how a law becomes a law in Congress
There is a lot to know about the process of creating new legislation at both the state and federal level. The basics are that any member of either the House or Senate can introduce a bill to create a law, and it will then be assigned to a committee in the appropriate body, where members will research, discuss, make changes, and vote on the bill. If the bill passes, it will be sent to the other chamber for a similar process and then be signed into law by the president.
Regardless of the size of your law firm or the type of work you do, there is always something new to learn about the law. Keep up with these developments by reading the latest edition of Law New.