On January 17, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy and Legislative Leaders announced the collective decision to raise the minimum wage rate in New Jersey from $8.85 per hour to $15 per hour for most businesses over a five (5) year period. On January 24, 2019, the New Jersey Assembly's Labor Committee approved legislation (Assembly Bill A-15) that would implement the minimum wage increase. If approved by other Legislative Committees, passed by both the full Assembly and Senate, and signed into law by the Governor in its present form, key provisions of Bill A-15 include the following
In two recent decisions, the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) required school boards to continue paying employees the salary increases as written in their three-year contracts, even after those contracts have expired, disrupting the longstanding practice of withholding salary increments during negotiations until a new contract is formed.
This afternoon, Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Legislative Leaders reached a deal that, if approved by the full legislature and signed into law by the Governor, will, over a period of five (5) years, raise the minimum wage rate in New Jersey to $15 per hour for most businesses (reaching $15 per hour in 2024).
The governor’s office and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) recently announced the initial group of collaborative workspaces that have been approved to participate in the NJ Ignite program.
For decades schools have battled tobacco and drug use by students, and the newest challenge facing schools is “vaping” or the use of e-cigarettes by students. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices which emit doses of vaporized nicotine or non-nicotine substances, which the user inhales.
Ineffective legal oversight during and after a senior lien foreclosure can lead to mistakes and delays in the process to recover surplus funds. To minimize these delays, it is important to have a plan of action that spans through the many legal steps from sheriff’s sale to receipt of funds.
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.
On November 9, 2018, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority ("NJEDA") provided an outline of several new enhancements to its existing lending programs for small businesses in New Jersey. In particular, the NJEDA announced changes to its "Premier Lender Program" and its small business lending programs, as well as the implementation of the new "Access Program."
Aging infrastructure, rising sea levels, polluted stormwater runoff, and the impact of more intense weather events have created an urgent need for New Jersey to address its stormwater infrastructure.
For employers and small business owners, employee sick time is no sneezing matter. At least one study suggests that employees who come to work sick cost the country over $160 billion dollars in lost or lowered productivity.