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What new state laws take effect on January 1st in New York?

As 2023 draws to a close, New York State is set to introduce a variety of new laws come 2024, impacting areas from minimum wage to social media privacy.

Starting January 1, the minimum wage in New York City, Westchester, and Long Island will increase to $16 an hour, while the rest of the state will see an increase to $15 an hour.

Additionally, in response to a rise in all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents involving minors, the state will raise the minimum age for obtaining an ATV safety certificate from 10 to 14 years. Furthermore, children under 16 will only be permitted to drive ATVs on public land under supervision by someone at least 18 years old.

Another significant law mandates that commissaries in New York State prisons offer halal, kosher, and other religious dietary food options, which will also be available for purchase in vending machines in visitors’ areas.

In the education sector, non-public schools will be required to provide free menstrual products for students in grades 6-12, starting July 1. The Lunar New Year will also be observed as a school holiday, with schools closed on February 10 in 2024.

The state is expanding access to victim compensation funds for crime survivors, removing mandatory law enforcement reporting and introducing alternative evidence forms. To combat skimming, stores accepting electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards must post warning signs at the point of sale.

In the realm of employment, a new law prohibits employers from demanding access to employees’ or job applicants’ social media accounts.

Lastly, educational institutions are mandated to promote student voter registration and pre-registration, ensuring students have access to applications and assistance in completing them. These diverse laws reflect New York State’s efforts to address social, economic, and safety issues impacting its residents.