The following are a few of the hundreds of new laws that went into effect
in California on January 1, 2008:
A notary public's acknowledgment must now be based on "satisfactory
evidence" and the certificate must now be signed under penalty of
perjury. An acknowledgment based on mere "personal knowledge"
or one that does not conform to the exact language of the California form
are no longer valid. If you are having your signature notarized on any
document, be sure the acknowledgment conforms to the new law or it won't be valid!
A new law makes it an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding one
hundred dollars ($100) for a person to smoke a pipe, cigar, or cigarette
in a motor vehicle any time a minor is present in the vehicle. The law
does not distinguish between cars that are moving or stopped or even running.
The California minimum wage has increased by 50 cents to $8.00 per hour.
California workers now have one of the highest minimum wages in the country.
And our favorite new law . . .
Consumers can now redeem gift cards with balances of less than $10 for
cash. So now when you use your card and leave a balance under $10, all
you have to do it present your card to the merchant, cite California Civil
Code section 1749.5(b)(2) and enjoy your cash!
(And don't forget about two important laws that go into effect on July
1, 2008 drivers under age 18 will be prohibited from using cell phones
or any other "mobile service device" while driving; and adults
can only use a cell phone while driving if they use a hands-free speaking
and listening system.)