Connecticut is bringing in the New Year with some brand new laws to put into place. Everybody has their own opinion on whether or not these laws are going to be an effective solution to ongoing issues in the Connecticut communities. Whether we like them or not, they are here! Here are the new laws to read up on in 2017.
New Connecticut Laws for 2017
As of 2017, employers can no longer ask a prospective employee about their prior arrest record, criminal charges, or convictions on the initial employment application, unless it’s required by state or federal law. This is a huge step and like everything else, can go on both the positive and negative sides of the track. It is great step towards previous incarcerated inmates being able to adjust to society without the fear of being judged for their past but it could also pose an issue as well. For example, if you are a bank interviewing a prospective employee, you will most likely not hiring a person that has had previous charges of theft.
As the cost of living rises, so must the minimum wage. The minimum wage in Connecticut will increase to $10.10 an hour. “The most recent studies indicate that there will be an impact among teenagers and people without a high school degree but that by and large if you raise the minimum wage in a gradual manner it should have no significant impact on employment,” said Mr. Cadden, a professor at Quinnipiac University.
New Health Laws in CT
Good things are coming to Connecticut in the health industry in the upcoming year. Starting the very first day of 2017, certain health insurance companies are going to have change their insurance policies to cover
three-dimensional mammograms. The current law requires policies to baseline mammograms for women 35 years of age to 39, and annual mammograms for women 40 years of age and older. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? With every other change in society, we can see the positive and negative aspects of adding 3D mammograms to insurance policies. Early detection of issues such as tumors is an awesome plus to this new law. On the downside, patients will be subject more and more to radiation which is known to be harmful as well. 3D mammograms are an expensive process which in doubt, will be passed down to the policy holder, forcing them to accept higher premiums. Another health-related change that will come in effect in 2017 are changes in the medical marijuana program. Medical marijuana patients will be able to receive medical marijuana prescriptions from not just a doctor but also an advanced practice registered nurse.