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By Scott Miccio on July 13, 2022
New Jersey's Supreme Court Claifies Procedure for Filing Municipal Governing Body Vacancies 

Depending upon legislative intent, and the context within which the words are used, there can be a big difference between the word “shall” and the word “may.”

By Susan S. Hodges, Jeffrey P. Catalano on January 14, 2022
Supreme Court Stays OSHA’s Vaccine ETS: How Employers Should Respond

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court reinstituted the stay blocking OSHA from enforcing its vaccine ETS on employers of 100 of more workers through the pendent litigation before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

By Robert Lamilla on December 9, 2021
Brownfields Impact Fund Approved by NJEDA, Application to Open in 2022

Recently, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA”) announced the launch of the new Brownfields Impact Fund, a new program offering loans and sub-grants to eligible applicants across New Jersey to promote remediation of contaminated sites.

By Robert Lamilla on December 6, 2021
So New Jersey's Environmental Justice Law Applies to Your Facility, Now What?

After determining that a facility is subject to the Environmental Justice Law, N.J.S.A. 13:1D-157, et seq., a facility must comply with the provisions of the Environmental Justice Law before the Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") will complete the review process for an application for a new permit for a facility; an application for the expansion of a facility; or a renewal application for a major source permit.

By Robert Lamilla on December 2, 2021
Applicability of the Environmental Justice Law, at a Glance

In 2020, Governor Murphy signed New Jersey’s landmark Environmental Justice Law, N.J.S.A. 13:1D-157, et seq., which requires the Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") to consider whether certain facilities seeking specific types of permits will contribute to existing environmental and public health stressors in overburdened communities.

By Robert Lamilla on November 17, 2021
NJBPU Unveils Redesigned Community Energy Plan Grant Program

On November 16, 2021, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announced a redesigned Community Energy Plan Grant Program, which significantly simplifies the application process and places a greater emphasis on equity and environmental justice.

By Susan S. Hodges, Jeffrey P. Catalano on November 15, 2021
EEOC Provides Guidance to Employers on COVID-19 Religious Accommodation Requests

On October 25, 2021 and October 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provided updated guidance to help employers with the influx of religious accommodations from job applicants and employees pertaining to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, masking requirements, and testing requirements.

By Robert Lamilla on November 15, 2021
Gov. Murphy Accelerates Emissions Reduction Target and Announces Funding for Green Initiatives

On November 10, 2021, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 274, which sets a new near-term target for the reduction of New Jersey’s greenhouse gas emissions to 50% below 2006 levels by the year 2030. Previously, pursuant to the Global Warming Response Act, N.J.S.A. 26:2C-37, New Jersey sought a statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 2006 levels by the year 2050.

By Robert Lamilla on November 15, 2021
Gov. Murphy Announces Proposal for Parks and Restoration Funding

On October 20, 2021, Governor Murphy announced a proposal to inject the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Green Acres Program with over $100 million.

By Linda A. Galella on October 1, 2021
Mount Laurel -- The 50-Year Success Story on Affordable Housing

In 2020, Money Magazine ranked Mount Laurel Township one of the best places to live in America considering its schools, transportation, access, and mix of corporate businesses and residential homes. It is the place to be, and today, that includes individuals and families from all socio-economic levels.

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