The legal industry is always trying to find new ways to meet client needs and deliver services. But often, the focus is on internal processes and efficiency rather than delivering client impact. This shift has led to the emergence of law new, a strategy that helps clients in a more holistic manner than traditional legal delivery methods.
Law new has several benefits, including increased productivity and enhanced client satisfaction. By incorporating the ideas and techniques behind law new, lawyers can provide more help to their clients and still have the time to do what they love most. This can be as simple as finding creative ways to use technology or working with underserved communities. In more complex cases, it could involve developing strategies that serve as a secondary focus for the firm’s main legal efforts.
The pace of business and the breadth of social change make it difficult to render a clear portrait of what new law will look like, though certain defining characteristics are beginning to take shape. Law new will look a lot more like the businesses and societies it serves and feature a more diverse, team-oriented workforce that is more creative, tech and data-proficient, empathetic, and customer-focused. The legal industry will also more closely resemble its corporate customers, and law companies will have an integrated supply chain that erases artificial, lawyer-created distinctions between provider sources.
Providing notice regarding student loan forgiveness programs to city agency employees and job applicants.
Local Law 144 of 2021 requires the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, in consultation with the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), to prepare a notice for city agency employees and job applicants that provides information about the availability of federal and state student loan forgiveness programs. The bill also requires DCWP to make the notice available on its website.
This bill amends the Open Meetings Law to clarify that entities which conduct public business and perform a governmental function, whether acting in their capacity as city councils, village boards, town board trustees, school districts, county legislatures, commissions or legislative bodies, and committees and subcommittees of such groups are subject to the Open Meetings Law. It also expands the definition of “public body” to include private associations that are authorized to conduct business in the name of a non-profit organization.
This bill adopts federal rules and regulations pertaining to the use of automated employment decisions in hiring practices, and provides guidance for the Department of Labor in the enforcement of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Equal Pay Act. It also establishes a new penalty for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, provides a mechanism to allow for civil penalties in cases where the violation is not remedied within 60 days of a notice from an employer, and clarifies that the penalties imposed under the Fair Credit Reporting Act are in addition to any other penalties or remedies provided for by law. This bill is identical to HB 1316, introduced on January 9, 2019.