New laws combatting trafficking, discrimination in NY


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New laws designed to fight human trafficking and protect women in the workplace are coming to New York shortly after the new year.

Measures taking effect Jan. 19 include tougher penalties for human traffickers, as well as greater assistance for trafficking victims.

Other new laws will prohibit companies from paying a worker less because of their gender, discriminating against pregnant women, or denying someone promotion based on their family status.

Meanwhile, a business income tax cut starting Jan. 1 will save New York companies an estimated $125 million.

Higher minimum wages went into effect on Dec. 31.

The hourly wage went from $8.75 an hour to $9, while the minimum for workers in fast-food chain restaurants rose to $10.50 in New York City and $9.75 elsewhere in the state.

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