New in 2018

A new year is upon us and with it come some changes that will cause mixed feelings among Americans. Hancock International College has no opinions regarding these new laws. But aside from controversy this is American culture in the making, and our ESL students should know!

Npr.org says, “The Golden State has joined a small but growing list of states to legalize recreational marijuana use. As of 6 a.m. local time Monday, licensed retailers were legally allowed to begin selling the substance to customers age 21 and up…The day comes more than a year after California voters passed Proposition 64, which mostly decriminalized marijuana there. Previously, the state had only allowed sale and possession of the substance for medicinal use.

Washington on Monday became the seventh state — in addition to Washington, D.C. — to require employers to offer paid sick leave to their workers. Rhode Island is set to become the eighth to do so later this year, when its own law takes effect in July.

Meanwhile, New York has joined the small handful of states that require employers to provide paid family leave benefits. There, as NBC reports, employees will eventually be entitled to up to 12 weeks a year once the law takes full effect.

And in Nevada, employers are now required to offer up to 160 hours of leave per 12-month period to workers who have been — or whose family members have been — victims of domestic violence.”

Full Article: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/01/574985986/whats-new-in-2018-here-s-a-brief-tour-of-state-laws-now-in-effect

Idiom of the Day

Lay Down the Law

Meaning: To scold someone; to make something very clear to someone in a very stern manner.

Example: Wow, was she mad at Ed. She really laid down the law about driving to him.