News Round-up April15th, 2015

New Rules in New York City Day-cares:

  • The Board of Health for the City of New York has issued stricter rules on the amount of juice children can drink at licensed daycare facilities. For children over two years old, juice will be limited to 4 ounces per day, and only 100% juice is allowed. Children under the age of two are not allowed to drink juice.
  • Under the new rules, children are also limited to 30 minutes of screen time per day, which is down from 60 minutes. Screen time allows children to watch movies or shows on televisions or iPads. The rules for “sedentary time” do not apply to when children are napping or during reading time or arts and crafts time.
  • The new rules are aimed at preventing childhood obesity by allowing for children to be more active during the day and to avoid sugary drinks. Some critics of the rules believe that this is just another way for the city to control its constituents and reminds them of former Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt at soda restrictions.

Department of Consumer Affairs Must Provide Young Adults With Outreach and Education Regarding Consumer Protection Issues:

  • On March 30, 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law Intro. 458-A.
  • This law requires the Department of Consumer Affairs to provide young adults, ages 16-24, with information that would increase their financial literacy.
  • The agency is to provide outreach and education measures, which will target consumer issues that would typically affect young adults in the 16-24 year old age range, such as: credit card debt, student loans, and leasing or purchasing a motor vehicle. However, the outreach and education will not be limited to these few consumer issues, and it will also provide information related to the department’s office of financial empowerment and its financial education providers.
  • The outreach is set to begin on September 1, 2015, and the educational materials will be available on the Department of Consumer Affairs website, and they will also be distributed in the New York City Department of Education, and at the City University of New York.
  • The information will be made available in English and in the six languages most commonly spoken by limited proficient individuals in the city.
  • The educational materials will be updated each year, and redistributed to the Department of Education, and the City University of New York.
  • The purpose of this law is to encourage financial stability, and help young people to become savvy consumers and maintain good credit.