Law new refers to the practice of law in a non-traditional way. It can include working with alternative fee structures, technology, and a wide range of legal service models. The goal is to provide clients with an innovative, client-focused approach to their legal needs. This is an area of the law that will continue to expand, so it’s important for all lawyers to be aware of what is going on in this field.
In the past, many new laws were implemented as a result of popular pressure or as a reaction to previous legislation, such as the Leyes de Burgos (Laws of Burgos). These regulations were aimed at governing the relationship between the Spanish and the conquered indigenous peoples of the Americas. However, they were not fully implemented because of opposition from the encomenderos, who were responsible for forcing Indian labor. A group of reformers, including Bartolome de las Casas and Francisco de Vitoria, eventually gained power and influence in the courts and in the King. They pushed the King to pass further reforms known as the New Laws.
The New Laws were drafted in 1542 and established protections for natives and limited the power of the encomienda system. For example, encomienda grants were no longer able to be passed on by inheritance. Additionally, the New Laws prohibited enslavement of indigenous peoples and prohibited the forced labor of Indians. This was the first time these types of laws were enacted in the New World and they are still considered to be some of the most progressive human rights laws in history.
Some of the 2022 new laws that went into effect in California are sweeping and could have a major impact on how businesses operate, while others are more narrow or specific to a particular industry. The following is a list of some of the more significant bills that took effect in 2022:
This bill would update the City’s laundry licensing scheme to better regulate laundry activities and ensure that the public health and safety are protected. It would require that when a fast food employer needs to lay off employees, such employers discharge workers by inverse seniority and entitle laid-off workers to schedule pay premiums.
This bill would ban retail employers from requiring employees to be available to work by phone or other means in case they are needed to work, as well as prevent retailers from making workers available for shifts that have already begun. It also establishes protections for displaced hotel service employees during a change in control of a hotel or a bankruptcy filing. Read Local Law 1 of 2021.