Many new CT laws and provisions of existing laws will become effective January 1, 2017. You can find the entire list of new laws and provisions at https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/aearchives/20170101ActsEffective.asp . Included in this list are pertinent changes such as:

Per Public Act Number 14-1, Connecticut’s minimum wage will be $10.10 effective January 1, 2017. This is the highest minimum wage level that the state has ever set. Many states are following a “fight for $15 movement” in which laborers are pushing for a minimum wage of $15 an hour. Connecticut may eventually see a minimum wage of $15 in future years, although there are a few states such as California and Massachusetts who may achieve this goal sooner. Public Act Number 16-39 will allow APRN’s (Advanced Practice Registered Nurses) to sign off on medical marijuana use, an action previously only physicians could do. Public Act Number 16-83 will prevent employers from asking prospective employees about past criminal charges and convictions in their applications, unless they are applying for a job in which the federal law requires the employer to ask these questions. Violations could cause a penalty of $300.

By Margaux Vanderheijden,


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