On June 10, 2019, the New Jersey State Assembly passed legislation, A-1677, which would suspend penalties for businesses that make certain paperwork violations of state laws.
Small to mid-sized business owners often partner with other businesses to develop strategic relationships for growth, profitability, and additional market share opportunities. This relationship is referred to as a joint venture.
It is generally thought that backdating an agreement is done with an intent to deceive. However, backdating documents is practical in certain instances where the parties made an agreement on a certain date but were unable to memorialize that understanding in writing on that date.
Local businesses within a commercial corridor looking to revitalize the economic, physical, and social value of its business should encourage their respective municipality to form Improvement Districts (“ID”).
On March 12, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy and legislative leaders announced an agreement on the legalization of adult-use marijuana in New Jersey. This agreement sets up the possibility of a vote on adult-use marijuana legislation before March 25, 2019.
On February 4, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to increase New Jersey’s hourly minimum wage rate from $8 to $15 (“A-15”). A discussion of key provisions of A-15 can be found here.
In addition to increasing the minimum wage, A-15 allows employers (“Employer”) who employ persons with impairments to receive up to $10 million in tax credits (“Tax Credits”) to offset the cost to an Employer of any increases in wages and payroll taxes for an impaired employee as a result of A-15.
In accordance with an agreement reached between the Governor and legislative leaders earlier this month, the New Jersey Legislature approved legislation, A-15 (the “Bill”), on January 31, 2019 to increase the state hourly minimum wage requirement from $8.85 to $15 over a five (5) year period. The Governor is expected to sign the Bill into law on Monday, February 4, 2019.
In accordance with the Supreme Court’s ruling, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (“DOR”) recently issued a new rule stating that a substantial economic nexus satisfies the Pennsylvania Tax Reform Code’s definition of “maintaining a place of business in Pennsylvania,” thereby requiring out-of-state sellers to collect and remit Pennsylvania’s sales tax (the “Nexus Rules”).
Pursuant to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Economic Development Strategic Plan for the State of New Jersey ("Strategic Plan"), the New Jersey Economic Authority ("EDA") launched a new, dedicated unit ("Unit") to support the small-business community. The Unit will provide New Jersey small-businesses with financial, workforce, and technical support, with a focus on historically underrepresented small businesses such as minority, veteran, disability and LGBTQ-owned enterprises.