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What New Marijuana Bills Are Being Introduced in New Jersey?

In recent news for the Garden State, newly-elected Governor Phil Murphy has promised New Jersey citizens that he will legalize marijuana for recreational use. The governor and marijuana experts predict that the plant will be available for recreational purchase in the next year. This would make New Jersey the tenth state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Some are concerned that this will impact New York, since three of Staten Island’s four bridges are connected to New Jersey; this could potentially impact crime, the economy, and public health levels, as well as increase the need for stricter law enforcement. What Are the Bills Proposed for New Jersey? The first bill was introduced last May in the state Senate, while the other is planned to be announced in February of this year. Both bills allow for possession and personal use of marijuana for people 21 years old or older. The bills…
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How to Spot Workplace Religious Discrimination

There are many ways someone can be discriminated against. One of the main areas of discrimination is workplace discrimination; workers can be harassed, denied work opportunities, or wrongfully discharged based on race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sex, or mental and physical disability. One other type of discrimination that can occur in the workplace is religious discrimination; this kind of prejudice is harder to spot than some others but can be damaging to a worker’s identity and work status. Here are some things to keep in mind when looking out for religious discrimination in your workplace: How to Recognize it The main way to recognize religious discrimination is to understand where religious accommodation is lacking. Every employer should have religious accommodations in place for when an employee needs them, and if there is a refusal to accommodate (or just general ignorance of these necessary adjustments), then you can file a workplace…
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Has The Amount of Wrongful Death Lawsuits Increased In New Jersey?

The state of New Jersey has its own laws concerning wrongful death lawsuits. New Jersey defines a “wrongful death” as a death caused by wrongful action, negligence, or disregard of another party. In other words, a wrongful death claim is equal to a personal injury claim, but the injured person is no longer able to bring his or herself to court. Instead, someone else must bring the claim to court on behalf of the deceased; usually this person is a family member. There have been a few notable wrongful death lawsuits in New Jersey and its surrounding states recently, and news of these lawsuits might inform you of how the state handles these cases. What’s Been in the News? In December, the sister of a fatally shot woman filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the victim’s husband. The incident occurred in the couple’s home in Connecticut in 2015, but the…
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