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A new year is fast approaching, which means new laws will be in force. On January 1, 2022, several new laws will go into effect in Massachusetts that may affect you. Here`s a look at these new laws and some that have had a big impact on 2020: New year, new laws. What happens in Beacon Hill may seem like millions of miles away, but it can affect your daily life. Governor Charlie Baker signed a groundbreaking clean energy and climate bill earlier this month, and shortly thereafter, President Biden took a similar step at the federal level by signing the Reducing Inflation Act. Both bills deal with things like offshore wind, electric vehicle credits and fossil fuel limits. Yet some say more needs to be done. Brad Campbell, president of the Conservation Law Foundation, discussed the laws with Morning Edition hosts Paris Alston and Jeremy Siegel. This transcript has been slightly modified. Campbell: I think there`s a lot of synergy between the two acts in that the federal government has really allocated additional funding to basically fund the transition to the clean energy future. For example, the Massachusetts bill includes incentives for electric vehicles and sets a limit for 2035 on the registration of new vehicles equipped with internal combustion engines. Several other laws passed last year related to COVID-19 expire on April 1, 2022.

Temporary paid emergency leave and meetings in remote cities may not be laws until spring, though current COVID outbreaks could change those laws again in the coming months. (WWLP) – The new year means new laws have gone into effect in Massachusetts. Here are some of the important laws passed in Massachusetts in 2020: Here are the new Massachusetts laws you should know about heading into 2022: But the Inflation-Cutting Act, which the Biden administration passed, adds incentives to those incentives and also targets low-income families a little more. So there is a really complementary aspect to the two laws that I think will really allow this state to move faster. Form M-4: Massachusetts Employee Withholding Certificate, Mass. Dept. of Revenue Anyone who brings a minor to female genital mutilation inside or outside the state would be liable to the same penalty, and victims could also sue in civil court. Baker signed a bill establishing criminal and civil penalties for the practice of female genital mutilation. The bill, entitled A Law in Relation to Female Genital Mutilation (p.834), imposed a penalty of up to 10 years in state prison or a fine of up to $10,000 and up to two and a half years in a county jail for anyone who knowingly commits female genital mutilation on anyone under the age of 18. And we need to have a more holistic view of the system and, in particular, both repair the MBTA and better fund regional transport authorities so that we can move forward and reduce emissions from transport. A law passed in 2016, which was supposed to take effect on January 1, 2022, was amended at the last minute by Governor Charlie Baker. This amended bill will now be the standards required for chicken farmers for the new year and beyond.

The Animal Welfare Act was originally passed to prohibit farmers from cruelly locking up chickens and would prohibit the sale of products made from animals that break the law. This meant that eggs or meat from chickens locked in cages or barns that prevented them from lying down, turning over, or fully extending their legs could not be sold legally, and farmers had to provide at least 1.5 feet of floor space per hen on their property. Probably the most anticipated new law for the Bay State is the increase in the minimum wage from $13.50 to $14.25. The 75-cent wage increase is actually part of a bill passed in 2018 that slowly but surely raises the state`s minimum wage to $15.00 by 2023. In 2022, tipped workers will also experience a wage increase; Your $5.55 per hour will increase to $6.15 this year. These benefits provide paid time off for workers who take time off to bond with a new child, care for an ill or injured member, or care for a serious personal health condition. Paid leave to care for a family member with a serious medical condition will be available on July 1. Baker said the change was aimed at preventing egg shortages in 2022, but animal advocates weren`t too happy with the treatment. 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101-12213 Americans with disabilities Act (ADA) PFML benefits continue to increase in 2022. The current maximum weekly benefit of $850 will soon be increased to a maximum weekly benefit of $1,084.31, while employer contribution rates will decrease.

For companies with more than 25 insured persons, the PFML contribution is 68% of the salaries of eligible employees; Less than 25 people covered is 34%. The registry, which mirrors an existing registry of child care workers, includes former employees who have been laid off or disconnected from their jobs due to abuse. The legislation required suppliers to review the register and prohibited the hiring of persons listed on it. NHR Form: Report Form for New Employees and Independent Contractors, Massachusetts Department of Revenue Brad Campbell: Oh, that`s definitely a big deal. This gives offshore wind a big boost, both in terms of technical possibilities, such as removing the price cap, and changing the selection process, so that the big utilities don`t control the process deeply. There was a kind of fox in the hen house of the previous law. It eliminates some policies that have steered it in exactly the wrong direction when it comes to climate change. For example, by specifying that biomass is not a renewable energy source.

Biomass incentives are what spurred the proposal for a dirty wood burning plant in Springfield, in an environmental justice community in Springfield, Massachusetts. Well, I hope that this proposal will disappear. These changes are all part of a phased multi-year transition to a $15 minimum wage and the elimination of bonus payments approved by Beacon Hill executives in 2018 as part of the so-called “grand bargain” with companies and employee groups. Notification of Domestic Violence Leave (50 or More Employees) (MGL c.149, § 52E(k)) The right to abortion will be formally enshrined in state law and access to the trial will be expanded after the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate votes to override a veto by Governor Charlie Baker against the legislation. So there are a lot of good things in this bill. And in particular, hopefully, it will also prompt the next government to implement the next step in terms of rule-making, which will allow us to make progress in tackling the climate crisis. Paris Alston is co-host of the morning edition of GBH News. 29 U.S.C.

§§ 621-624 Age Discrimination in the Workplace Paris Alston: It sounds like we`re making big strides forward, but are there places where the law isn`t enough, Brad? The State allowance for paid family and sick leave has also increased. The maximum weekly benefit increases from $850 to over $1,000. Nicky`s law required the Disability Protection Commission (DPPC) to establish a registry that identifies people who have abused people with disabilities. Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form, U.S. Department of Homeland Security form required by new employees to verify identity and eligibility – can be completed online and saved or printed. Provides a list of acceptable forms of identification. Morning Edition co-hosts Paris Alston and Jeremy Siegel bring a whole new atmosphere to the morning. Sign up for their newsletter, “The Wake Up,” which arrives in your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning. The state minimum wage was raised to $14.25 per hour; This is an increase from last year`s minimum wage of $13.50 per hour. Tips will also see their hourly wage increase to at least $6.15 per hour.