It’s not only minimum wages (as we advised last week) and the Connecticut Clean Slate Law that become effective on January 1st this year, but rather a number of new laws in other states around the country. Small businesses are advised to be cognizant of the many law changes that come with the New Year, any number of which can dramatically impact Dunkin’ franchisees or other small businesses. A few illustrations would include Illinois, where the interval at which employees must receive a day off will change as of January 1. Beginning next year, an employee must be given one day of rest in “every consecutive seven-day period” meaning that any employee must have a day of on every rolling seven days as opposed to one day of each calendar week (as is currently the case). In addition, the new law provides for a 20-minute meal break for the first 7.5 hours worked and then another 20-minute break for each additional 4.5 hours worked. Penalties range from $25 to $500 per offense. Similarly, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will take effect on January 1 as well. As revised by the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), the CCPA will require businesses to issue new revised privacy notices and respond to data subject requests including whether the business sell or otherwise shares behavioral personal information of job applicants and personnel. Under the new provisions, doing so will subject the employer to numerous additional compliance obligations. Further north on the West Coast, the state of Washington has a new pay transparency law that will also kick in on January 1. Employers with 15 or more employees will be subject to the new provisions, among which is the requirement to include the opening wage scale or salary range for all job postings – promotions as well as new hires – along with a general description of all benefits and other compensation offered.