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New year brings new laws: Minimum wage raised to $12 an hour

Many Long Islanders are getting a raise in the new year as the minimum wage is going up to $12 dollars an hour.

News 12 Staff

Jan 1, 2019, 11:18 AM

Updated 1,973 days ago

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A new year also means the start of some new laws for New Yorkers.
NYC 311, the official website of the City of New York, tweeted out a reminder that Styrofoam food containers are now banned in the five boroughs.
That includes take-out containers, cups, plates, bowls, and Styrofoam packing peanuts. The ban comes because Styrofoam can't be properly recycled.
Also, many Long Islanders are getting a raise in the new year as the minimum wage is going up to $12 dollars an hour. The minimum will continue to increase, eventually reaching $15 an hour by 2022. There are exceptions, including jobs where workers get regular tips.
Nationally, there is a major move towards gender diversity in the workplace. In California, a new law requires publicly traded companies based in that state to have at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of this new year.


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