New year, new laws in 2019

With a new year, comes a new set of laws.

Despite the ball dropping on New Year’s, the minimum wage will rise in at least 19 states.

According to the National Employment Law project, 13 cities and counties will reach or exceed 15 dollars per hour, with four more cities following later in the year.

By the time these multi-year minimum wage increases are fully phased in, 17 million workers will have received raises.

However, the federal minimum wage of $7.25 has not changed since 2009.

For hunters in Illinois — a new law expands the color options for hunting clothing, from the standard blaze orange to the blaze pink.

A new Illinois bill states that nursing mothers upon request shall be excused from jury duty.

Young smokers in the state of Massachusetts will have to wait until their 21st birthday in order to buy tobacco products.

In California, publicly held corporations must have at least one woman on the board of directors by the end of 2019.

By the end of 2021, at least two or three women must be board members depending of the size of the board of directors.

Violations of the law can be punishable with fines between $100,000  to $300,000.

In New York — under the “Drug Take Back Act” — drug manufacturers will be responsible for costs of leftover drug collection, transportation, and destruction.

This is in response to the rising opioid crisis.

The new law also requires pharmacies to provide collection options, which includes drop boxes and prepaid mail-back envelopes.

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  • Mario
    2 January 2019 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    VIOLATION of the minimum wage law is punishable with fine between 100K-300K. There are 25-35 Million illegal alien in the US, they are willing to accept $3 per hour with free foods. Without foods the are willing to accept $5 per hr, CASH only. How are you going to resolve this. BUILD THE WALL… $ 200 Billion ..are spent every year to take care of illegal alien and yet we can not afford to build the wall?.. It is your fault you voted politicians who believed on OPEN BORDER……