Law is a field that constantly changes. What worked one quarter may not work the next, which is why it’s important to stay current with the latest trends in legal practice. One such trend is law new, which is all about providing legal services in new ways. This can include embracing technology, focusing on process and working with clients outside of traditional office settings. Using the right strategy, this type of law can help a firm grow without impacting its core business or sacrificing revenue.
NYS GETS ADVANCE ON MATTHEWS LAW
Several major changes took effect for New Yorkers in the new year, thanks to legislation passed by Gov. Kathy Hochul and enacted by the legislature. One example is Matthew’s Law, which helps reduce the chances of drug overdoses by making fentanyl testing resources more readily available to the public. Another is a law to improve college student safety by increasing protections for victims of bias-related and hate crimes.
New laws can also affect residents’ quality of life in the state. A bill to increase the minimum wage went into effect on Jan. 1. It will raise the hourly rate in New York City, Westchester and Long Island to $16 per hour, while statewide it will be $15. A new law aimed at protecting NYCHA tenants from water and security issues also takes effect this month. It requires building owners to notify residents in writing within 24 hours if their drinking water is not safe.
Learn more about federal legislation through the lawmaking branch of Congress, which is called the Senate and House of Representatives. Most ideas for new laws, which are called bills, are introduced by members of Congress who sponsor them. Each bill goes through a process of research, discussion, changes and voting before it becomes a law. If a law is passed by both houses of Congress, the president signs it into effect. If a law is found to be unconstitutional, it can be impeached by the House of Representatives or the Senate.