These are some of the following laws taking effect in 2021.
Workers in New York will be getting a little more money in their paycheck in the new year. The state will be increasing the minimum wage from $11.80 an hour to $12.50 an hour. Workers in the fast-food industry will see an increase from $13.75 an hour to $14.50 an hour.
Paid time off
Workers who are eligible will now have access to up to 12 weeks of job-protected paid time off. This is for people looking to bond with a newborn child, to either recover from or assist a loved one who is ill (COVID), or assist a loved one who's family member is deployed overseas.
Drivers who use the Thruway without an EZ-Pass will see toll prices increase. The Thruway Authority's Board of Directors unanimously approved the changes.
This comes as the Thruway switched over to cashless tolling.
Those who do not have an easy pass will see a 30% increase in toll costs, plus a $2 bill fee. Bills will be mailed to the vehicle owner. Out of state customers will pay an additional 15% on tolls.
The state is also amending some election laws. A recount in elections statewide will be automatically done when the margin of victory for a candidate 0.2% of all votes cast. Recounts for all other elections will be done if the margin of victory is 0.5% of all votes cast. The state says recounts would be done manually.
Brianna's Law goes into effect this year. The law required all boaters born on or after 1988 to take a boater safety course. The law was named after Brianna Lieneck, an 11-year old girl who was killed in a boating accident in Long Island's Great South Bay in 2005.