Three weeks ago, we listed some of the new state laws that have gone into effect since August. Here are a few more:
The state Department of Health will review the risk of skin cancer from ultraviolet nail dryers that are often used for gel manicures and pedicures.
Changing tables will be required in public women’s and men’s restrooms, and businesses must install them in new or renovated restrooms that are open to customers.
On Jan. 30, prisons will be allowed to use body scanners to check inmates for weapons because metal detectors are not triggered by ceramic blades.
Volunteer firefighters who have served at least five years and are diagnosed with certain types of cancer (prostate, breast, lymphatic, hematological, digestive, urinary, neurological, reproductive systems or melanoma) after Jan. 1 will be eligible for state disability coverage and death benefits.
People convicted of domestic abuse must turn in all firearms to police, not just handguns.
Along with an increase in the minimum wage, a wage-theft hotline has been established (888-4-NYSDOL) to report employers who do not comply.
As of Jan. 30, newborns who are identified or suspected of having a hearing impairment will be required to be tested for cytomegalovirus, unless a parent objects. The virus is the leading non-genetic cause of deafness in children.
Health insurers must provide men with access to prostate cancer screening without co-pays or deductibles.
Property tax rebate checks for homeowners with incomes of $275,000 or less will increase, so that the new average per household will be $530.The Current is a nonprofit supported by its readers and provided free to the community. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution of $5 per month.