A new year means new laws:

Marijuana Opt In/Opt Out:

Communities across the state have until December 31 to say whether they will allow marijuana dispensaries and/or consumption sites.

Minimum Wage Increase:

On December 31, minimum wage increases to $13.20 from $12.50. The minimum wage has been increasing across the state since 2016. After this year, future increases will be based on an indexed schedule to be set by the Director of the Division of the Budget in consultation with the Department of Labor following an annual review of the impact.

Styrofoam ban:

On January 1, restaurants will no longer be able to use Styrofoam containers under the Expanded Polystyrene Foam Container and Polystyrene Loose Fill Packaging Ban. The first violation will cost businesses up to $250.

Mobile Sports Betting:

Nine mobile sports books are on track to be launched in 2022: BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, BetRivers, PointsBet, Resorts World, Bally Bet and WynnBET.

Home Insurance:

Starting in January, insurance companies can’t charge pet owners different home insurance rates based on their dog’s breed.

Electronic Monitoring:

On May 7, employers will be required to provide written notice to employees if they are being electronically monitored in any way. Employers will also have to post the notice and give employees an annual notice.