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From plastic bags to natural hair, here are the new laws coming in 2020
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New year, new rules. As people across the United States usher in a new decade, a wave of new laws will bring changes big and small. From car seats to natural hair, here are some of the ones going into effect in 2020. The minimum wage is set to go up in 72 jurisdictions in 2020, according to the advocacy group National Employment Law Project. Most of those changes are set to begin on the first day of 2020, though New York's pay raise is set to begin December 31, 2019, the NELP reported.

Twenty-one states and 26 cities and counties, mostly in California, will raise the minimum wage on New Year's Day. In 17 of those jurisdictions, the new rate will reach or exceed $15 an hour. Four more states and 23 more cities and counties will join later in the year, with 15 of them raising wages to $15 an hour or more. Illinois and St. Paul, Minnesota, will raise their minimum wages twice in 2020. "These increases will put much-needed money into the hands of the lowest-paid workers, many of whom struggle with high and ever-increasing costs of living," researcher and policy analyst Yannet Lathrop wrote in a blog post about the new wages. But let us not forget that the federal minimum wage has remained unchanged since 2009, at $7.25 an hour.

There's a reason your inbox has been getting spammed with privacy notices lately. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the nation's toughest privacy law, is set to take effect starting Wednesday. The landmark law allows California residents to demand that companies disclose what data they have collected on them. And if users want that data deleted, companies will have to comply. The law applies to for-profit companies that generate more than $25 million in annual gross revenue, generate more than 50% of their annual revenue from selling customers' personal data or have personal data for more than 50,000 people. CCPA could set a precedent for the rest of the United States -- the law has already prompted other states to consider their own privacy measures. And while non-California residents can't request their data be deleted, they can read through the new terms of service to see what data companies are collecting.

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