By Kathleen Culliton, Patch Staff


NEW YORK CITY — A slew of new laws slated to take effect in 2020 will change the way New York City residents shop for groceries, apply for jobs and vote.


Here's what you need to know about the changes to city law coming in the year ahead.


Plastic Bag Ban


New York State stores will not be allowed to give out single-use plastic bags starting on March 1 and New York City stores will have to charge 5 cents for every paper bag they use. Plastic bags without handles — such as those that hold bulk items, vegetables and meat — are exempt from the ban, as are restaurants, pharmacies and clothing stores.


Minimum Wage Increases To $15 An Hour


While employees of large companies and fast food workers were granted a $15 minimum wage last December, as of Dec. 31 that minimum will also apply to smaller employers with 10 workers or less.


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