ROCHESTER, Minn. (NBC/CNN) – The new year is less than five hours away meaning new laws will soon go into effect in Minnesota and across the country. They include health care, identity theft, and minimum wage.
This will increase in 20 states including the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Starting New Year’s Day, hourly pay will increase to $9.86 for large employers and $8.04 for other state minimum wages. This applies to an estimated 219,000 Minnesota workers except for those in Minneapolis. That’s because the city has higher minimum-wage rates. The increases come during a multi-year push by unions and liberal advocacy groups to raise the minimum wage nationwide.
A new federal ruling will require all U.S. hospitals to post prices online for medical procedures. The change would put that information online in machine-readable format that can be easily processed by computers. However, it could still be confusing to patients since standard rates like list prices don’t reflect what insurers and government programs pay.
Identity Theft and Children
There’s also a new state law about identity theft and children. The intention is to keep them safe from identity theft. The law allows credit reporting agencies to freeze credit reports for people under 16. It also gives credit reporting agencies 30 days to act after someone requests a freeze or lift.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
In Minnesota, if a peace officer, firefighter, corrections officer, or some medical personnel on active duty is diagnosed with PTSD and has not been previously diagnosed with it, it will be presumed to be job-related.