I wonder whether it’s ok to use “as of today” just to describe the state of things how they are now without making any assumptions about how the things were beforehand.
For instance, let’s consider a phrase: “As of today child labor is illegal almost everywhere”.
Does the usage of “as of today” necessarily imply that earlier child labor was a case?
‘As of today’ implies (in the UK at least) that whatever it is has started today and was different before, e.g. (going back a few years) “As of today drivers and passengers in private vehicles are legally required to wear seat belts.” The day before it was not a legal requirement. So, in my opinion, ‘as of today’ does not mean ‘nowadays’