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Know the Law - Recent Law and Rule Changes


NYC's Paid Sick Leave Law
Laws Effective Date:
April 1, 2014
Rule Effective Date: July 30, 2014
Read Local Law 46 of 2013
Read Local Law 6 of 2014  
Read Local Law 7 of 2014
Read Rules
Visit the Paid Sick Leave Law Web page for more information

Sidewalk Café Legislative Changes
Laws Effective Date: April 29, 2014
Rule Effective Date: August 28, 2014
Read Local Law 137 of 2013 (relates to the revocable consent term)
Read Local Law 139 of 2013 (relates to the review and approval of petitions for revocable consents to operate a sidewalk café)
Read Rule (changes conform to 2013 sidewalk café laws)

Local Law 153 of 2013 – Cure Law
Law Effective Date:
June 30, 2014
Rule Effective Date: July 11, 2014
Under this law, a business can certify that it has cured (corrected) identified first-time, signage-related violations and settle the violations without penalty. In order to pay no penalty for curable violations, a business must plead guilty to the violation, correct the violation within 30 days of the inspection date, and submit a Cure Certification to DCA as proof that the business cured the violation. From March 1 to June 30, 2014, DCA will provide warnings to businesses on curable violations and encourage businesses to visit the Business Toolbox to print required signs.

Read Local Law 153 of 2013
Read Rule
Read FAQs
Cure a DCA violation online

Smoking Laws
Local Law 94 of 2013 -  Tobacco 21

Law Effective Date: May 18, 2014
This law raises the sales age from eighteen to twenty-one years for cigarettes and tobacco products and establishes a sales age of twenty-one years for electronic cigarettes.

Read Local Law 94 of 2013
Download Age Restriction Sign
Read FAQs from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH): 
  English   Español (Spanish)  中文(Chinese)   한국어(Korean)   عربي (Arabic)
Local Law 97 of 2013 -  Sensible Tobacco Enforcement
Law Effective Date: March 19, 2014
This law includes various measures to keep the price of cigarettes and tobacco products high. Retailers cannot redeem discounts on tobacco products, and cigarette retail dealers must post the Age Restriction and NYC/NYS Tax Stamp signs.

Read Local Law 97 of 2013 
Download NYC/NYS Tax Stamp Sign
Read FAQs from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
Sensible Tobacco Enforcement FAQs
 English   Español (Spanish)  中文(Chinese)   한국어(Korean)   عربي (Arabic)
Cigar Sales FAQs 
 English   Español (Spanish)  中文(Chinese)   한국어(Korean)   عربي (Arabic)
  For more information, visit DOHMH's Smoking Legislation page

Local Law 149 of 2013 - Recordkeeping Requirements for Secondhand Dealers and Pawnbrokers* 
Law Effective Date:
April 29, 2014
Read Local Law 149 of 2013
In December 2013, the New York City Council passed Local Law 149, which requires pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers to maintain electronic records of transactions. That law is currently the subject of litigation. New York City has agreed not to enforce Local Law 149 pending a judicial determination in that litigation. 

Local Law 132 of 2013 - Language Preference Law 
Law Effective Date:
April 16, 2014
This law provides business owners the ability to indicate their language preference for agency inspections.
Read Local Law 132 of 2013



See Archived Law and Rule Changes 

Search for bills and laws at the New York City Council Legislation Web site