Law new is a term that refers to legal practices that offer services in entirely new ways. This can mean working with underserved communities, coming up with new strategies to reach out to clients or using a variety of techniques in order to make legal services more accessible to those who might otherwise not be able to afford them.
The field of law new is still a small part of the overall practice of law but it’s something that is expected to grow and expand over time. This is a good reason for firms to get familiar with the concepts behind it and to begin thinking about how they can embrace it to their advantage.
How a Law is Made
This is the first step in understanding how a law becomes a law. Typically, this involves the introduction of a bill in either the House of Representatives or the Senate by a senator or representative who sponsors it. After it is introduced, the bill goes through a process of research, discussion, and changes before being passed and enacted.
When it comes to the City of New York, this is also a process that takes place through Local laws. These laws are enacted through local bodies such as city councils, town boards, village boards of trustees, school boards and committees and subcommittees of these entities.
These laws are usually passed by vote and then signed into law by the City’s mayor or other authority. For example, the NYC Earned Sick Time Act (Paid Sick Leave Law) is a local law that requires certain employers to give employees sick time.
Other types of local laws include licensing of third-party food delivery services, establishing a board to review workplace health and safety guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a safe time law for domestic violence, sexual offenses, stalking and trafficking survivors and providing a notice regarding student loan forgiveness programs to workers in certain city agencies.
The City’s Open Meetings Law applies to “public bodies” such as city councils, town boards, villages boards of trustees, school boards and committees or subcommittees of these bodies. The law requires that all meetings of public bodies be publicly recorded and made available to the public.
It also requires that public bodies provide a notice of any security breach involving private identifying information to the City’s Chief Privacy Officer and Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. It also requires that any affected persons receive a notice of the breach as well.
Other new laws include expanding the requirements for cigarette retailers to obtain a license, capping the number of tobacco retailer licenses in each community district and prohibiting street vending on certain streets in Dyker Heights until New Year’s Day. It also establishes a dedicated vending law enforcement unit.