It's not all about plastic bags when it comes to new laws and regulations in New Jersey for 2020. Here are some that you should know about.

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SALARY HISTORY BAN

Filling out your salary history on an application in NJ is a thing of the past. This includes commission or benefits.

LINDA'S LAW

An elderly Newark woman named Linda Daniels was using an oxygen tank that ran on electricity. Linda couldn't pay her bill, and the utility company shut off her power. This new law makes it illegal for utilities in NJ to stop service to a customer who relies on life-sustaining equipment.

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Beginning February 1, firearm retailers and firing range operators in the Garden State will have access to suicide prevention training.

According to NJ.com, the law will require the state attorney general to develop an in-person or online suicide prevention course for gun dealers that will include training on how to recognize “signs of suicidal tendencies or characteristics” in people purchasing a firearm. The training will also include “suicide intervention strategies.”

I hope all retailers take these courses. It's so important.

OPIOID WARNING LABELS

Starting February 1, all opioid prescriptions dispensed in  New Jersey must have a label identifying that the drug is indeed an opioid, and addiction and overdose is a risk.

EXPUNGEMENT OF MARIJUANA OFFENSES

This year if one has a minor drug offense, like possession of marijuana, for example, they can have these offenses expunged from their records for a $75 fee. This is only if the NJ resident has not been convicted of a crime in the past 10 years.

This law is complicated, and there are others. NJ.com explains here and gives you a complete rundown.

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