COVID Capacities Increasing

Following more slowly on the trend set by Texas and Mississippi when last week they removed all COVID related restrictions and shutdowns, a number of states this week have further relaxed their COVID related mandates on businesses operating at a percentage of full capacity. Specifically, the states of Arizona and Maryland have each announced that…

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More States Stepping Up with Relief Programs

Although they may not be offering immunity, a number of other states are offering additional business assistance programs and loosening their purse strings with more funds for business relief. In that vein, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed legislation last week that provides up to $14 billion in corporate tax relief to businesses in the…

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New Jersey Workplace Protocols Effective

Responding to the latest spike in COVID-19 cases in the Garden State, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed another executive order last week that became effective yesterday, November 5, 2020. The new order applies to all employers that allow or require that their employees be physically present in the workplace during their shift. Executive Order…

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Worker Recall and Retention Laws

Another worker protection idea that is being replicated around the country is different state and municipal versions of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN Act). We told you a few weeks ago about the Maryland mini-WARN taking effect yesterday. Well, there’s plenty of action elsewhere on similar laws. In New Jersey, the state’s…

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Two Months Late, New Jersey Opens Indoor Dining

At long last, New Jersey restaurants can reopen for indoor dining beginning today across the Garden State. At the beginning of the week, Governor Phil Murphy announced on Twitter that restaurants will be allowed to function at 25% of capacity beginning at 6 AM today. The state originally planned to allow 25% capacity indoor dining…

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NJ Amends WARN Act, Family Leave, Disability

Last week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law several bills to address issues raised in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic. Among those signed by Murphy were more amendments to the New Jersey Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (NJ WARN Act) as well as expansions of the New Jersey Family Leave Act (FLA)…

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State Insurance Czars Order Refunds/Extensions

The California Insurance Commissioner and the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance both took actions this week to put more money in the pockets of insurance customers. In California, a Bulletin from the Office of Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara requires insurance companies to provide a premium credit, reduction, return of premium or other appropriate…

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NJ Senate Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Resurrecting an issue that has popped up around the country over the past few years, the state senate last week passed legislation that would outlaw single use plastic bags as well as paper bags in New Jersey.  The legislation, SB 865, which requires a warning for first offenses, but then provides for a fine of…

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