Law new refers to new ideas about legal services that produce change in the industry, impact on clients and deliver greater value for clients. It’s different from legal operations, which is good delivery hygiene but does not drive innovation or customer impact. A successful law firm will adopt new ways to serve clients, including using new legal products and business models. A key concept is collaboration, which means working with other law firms and industry partners to get the job done.
This new law makes it a misdemeanor for people to “swatting” — making fake emergency calls that lead to police, fire and ambulance response. Anyone who violates the new law can face up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
The law allows historic site signs to be placed at locations that were listed in the Green Book, a guide Black Americans used when traveling in segregated areas of the country during the Jim Crow era. It also establishes a $300 tax credit for people who purchase gun safes to protect their firearms.
Lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom enacted nearly 1,200 bills this year, but the majority are minor fixes and changes that will have little effect on society. A few, however, might have a noticeable impact.
Starting with 2022, companies with 15 or more employees will have to publish salary ranges in job postings. Employers will also have to disclose whether the salaries of top performers are significantly higher than those of non-top-performing workers. The bill, which received bipartisan support, was intended to help women and minorities find better jobs. But intense business opposition blocked provisions that would have required the publication of data broken down by position, gender and race.
Some people have compared the new law to the Fair Minimum Wage Act passed in California last year, which requires companies with 15 or more employees to pay their workers a minimum wage of $15 an hour. The two laws share some similarities, such as both requiring that employers post salary ranges in job postings and both providing an employee right to request a wage increase based on merit.
With NLBM’s help, Shane adopted flat-fee billing and now has consistent revenue and a 95% client engagement rate. The change has helped her achieve her goals of becoming a partner and expanding her practice.
NLBM’s law new search page lets you see all the new laws for any given year, or switch the years on the fly. It also lists vetoed and proposals that did not become law. The search page also includes a link to public law (PL) numbers that can be used to look up slip laws in the Statutes at Large. The PL number links to the official PDF text of the law, provided by GPO. You can also view laws that were enacted during a special session.