With pension reform and financial issues taking up most of their time, Springfield legislators spent less time enacting new laws that effect business. Some of the new laws taking effect include:
- Conceal Carry. While a sign has been approved for businesses to post banning concealed weapons, employers and business owners will still confront this issue.
- Mobile Phones. Mobile phone use while driving, other than hands free, now constitutes distracted driving that could result in a moving violation citation.
- 70 Mile per Hour Speed Limit. While rural areas may see the speed limit increase, the State Police promised a crackdown on speeding.
- Medical Marijuana. While marijuana is legal for medical purposes, the rules applicable to dispensing and use are still forthcoming.
- Meth Trailers. Those selling house trailers must now certify that the trailer was not used to manufacture methamphetamines.
- Puppy Lemon Law. New pet owners may obtain, within 21 days of purchase, a refund, replacement and veterinary reimbursement for a diseased pet.
- Cigarette Butt Ban. Litter now includes cigarette butts.
- Sex Offender Law. Sex offenders may not loiter at fast food restaurants with children play areas.
- Teen Tan Ban. Residents under age 18 will no longer be allowed to use indoor tanning facilities.
- Social Media. Employees may not be required to give their social media passwords to their bosses.
While the foregoing is not an exhaustive list, it highlights some of the new law changes that employers and business owners will have to address in 2014.
Brooks, Tarulis & Tibble, LLC counsels, advises and represents numerous business owners, and we look forward to the opportunity to assist you in compliance with any of the foregoing new laws or any of your other business needs. If we can assist you, please contact me.