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New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Law

School bullying is a serious problem. Children who are victims of bullying suffer from low self-esteem, difficulty in trusting others, aggression, difficulty controlling anger, and isolation. To combat this problem, the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act was passed. It is the toughest anti-bullying law in the country.

Will Paid Sick Leave Make Employers Sick?

Generally, private section employers are not required to pay employees for sick days. In New Jersey, there is no law that requires that. However, there has been a small movement in cities across the country to require certain businesses to pay their workers for sick days. San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Seattle all have passed some sort of city ordinance. Recently New York City and two New Jersey cities; Newark and Jersey City have passed such requirements.

Small Businesses May Have a Potential Problem Offering Health Insurance

Insurance brokers in New Jersey are concerned that some small businesses will be forced to drop their employees' insurance coverage, as many may choose to buy federally subsidized individual health insurance, instead of signing up for insurance offered by the employer. Under state law, a small business must have at least 75% of its employees take part in its insurance plan to offer coverage to employees. So if too many employees opt out of their company's program, the employer will be unable to offer insurance to its workers. Some small businesses may drop below the 75% percent threshold if even one employee drops out.