The law is always changing, and it’s important for lawyers to keep up with these changes. One way to do this is by studying “law new,” which refers to areas of the law that are undergoing rapid growth. This can include working with underserved communities, using different types of technology and creating strategies that have not been used in the past.
Some examples of law new can be found in the following bills:
This bill will prohibit employers from engaging in on-call scheduling for retail employees, which is when an employee is required to be available or contactable by the employer for a work shift but does not have to report in for duty unless contacted by the employer to do so. The bill will also prevent retail employers from canceling, adding or changing a worker’s schedule without the approval of the worker in certain cases.
The bill will require all licensed process servers to pass a background check and fingerprinting, and it will establish a system for the public to review an individual’s status as a licensed process server. It will also make it illegal to use a fake name or address when applying for a license and it will allow the Commissioner of DCWP to suspend, revoke or deny a license to any person who violates these requirements.
This bill would amend the City’s laundry licensing laws to better regulate the industry as it operates today. Specifically, the bill would require laundry owners to obtain permits to engage in commercial laundry activity and to provide proof of compliance with certain sanitation requirements. In addition, the bill will require that commercial laundries submit detailed information about their operations and activities.
The city’s current data breach notification laws are out of sync with State law, which requires City agencies to disclose a security breach when it affects the personal information of residents or visitors. This bill will bring the City’s laws into alignment with State law and ensure that residents are properly protected in the event of a security breach at a City agency.
This bill will expand the City’s paid safe leave law to protect workers who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking. The bill will also extend the law to include family offense matters and allow the Department of Consumer Affairs to seek restitution on behalf of consumers and workers for violations of laws under the department’s jurisdiction. Finally, the bill will designate the Office of Consumer and Worker Protection and the Division of Paid Care as offices within the Department and update references to these offices and other agency nomenclature.