The ball and chain image enjoys a long history in U.S. iconography. It can mean many things. In the context of criminal law, it tends to serve as a visual cue that the person wearing it stands convicted of some charge. For the person it's attached to, it is a burden that can't be shed.
Getting a job can be difficult. Sometimes, keeping one can be hard, too. As we noted in a post back in August, New Jersey stands out in the United States when it comes to mandating benefits for workers. Counted under this heading is the Family Leave Insurance program. Family Leave Insurance provides monetary benefits for up to six weeks so employees can bond with a newborn or newly adopted child, or provide care for a seriously ill or injured family member.
On April 24, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the "Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act," which became effective on July 1, 2018. N.J.S.A. 34:11-56:13. The Act amends the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination ("LAD"), and prohibits pay disparities based upon characteristics protected by the LAD, such as race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, or sex.