NJ SEED is a unique coalition of New Jersey’s most prominent labor and business organizations. For more than 35 years, our diverse membership which includes labor and business groups, energy providers, environmental consultants, telecommunications firms, residential and commercial development interests, insurance firms, educators, police and firefighters, food manufacturers and retailers, water utilities, chemical industries,
pharmaceutical companies, and health care advocates. We are committed to the belief that economic growth and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive.
2021 Mid-Year Economic Outlook, June 9th, 2021 at 1:30 pm
Featuring: James Hughes PH.D, Dean Emeritus of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Author of the groundbreaking new report: “Coronavirus Economic Impact Continues: THE YEAR OF CONTRACTION (2020) YIELDS TO THE YEAR OF REBOUND (2021)”.
Moderated by: NJSEED Economic Development Chair Chrissy Buteas, Chief Government Affairs Officer of NJBIA.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/143909839203
Activity Scheduled in NJ Legislature during week of May 31 to June 4.
June 2: The following Assembly Committees are scheduled to meet: Telecommunications and Utilities; Consumer Affairs; Financial Institutions & Insurance; Health; Higher Education; Aging & Senior Services; Housing; Law & Public Safety.
June 3: The following Senate Committees are scheduled to meet: Judiciary; State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation.
June 9: The Assembly Appropriations Committee
June 10: The Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee
June 3: Assembly Session 1:00 pm
Senate Session 2:00 pm
Gateway project to build new Hudson River tunnels wins key federal approval
May 28, 2021 nj.com
A long-awaited environmental approval that will move New York and New Jersey one step closer to building two new rail tunnels under the Hudson River has been granted by federal officials, after a three-year-delay from a promised 2018 date.
Federal Railroad Administration officials approved a Record of Decision Friday for the Environmental Impact Study for the tunnel project between New Jersey and New York, that’s part of the larger Gateway Project. That will allow rehabilitation of the existing 110-year-old tunnels currently used by 450-plus Amtrak and NJ Transit trains a day.
NJ SEED: Environmental concerns and politics have played significant roles in delaying for over a decade the critically needed tunnel project. NJ SEED has been a strong advocate for the Gateway Project from the beginning and is pleased to see a major federal approval that will hopefully see this long-awaited project starting to move forward again.
NJ Employer COVID-19 Vaccine promotion toolkit:
How to promote the COVID-19 vaccine among your NJ-based employees
NJ SEED: The state’s Health Department in collaboration with the business community has produced a toolkit to assist employers in encouraging workers to get the COVID Vaccine. As more and more are vaccinated against the virus, the sooner and more effective will be “herd immunity” in combatting the deadly pandemic. The “Toolkit” can be a helpful asset.
Governor Murphy Announces Updated Guidance for Businesses, Non-Profits, and Indoor Workplaces
May 26, 2021 | nj.gov
Last Wednesday, May 26, Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order No. 243, which rescinds the requirement in Executive Order No. 107 that businesses and non-profits accommodate telework arrangements for their workforce to the maximum extent practicable and reduce their on-site staff to the minimal number necessary for their operations. Employers bringing employees back to the physical worksite must continue to follow all applicable portions of Executive Order No. 192, including notifying employees of on-site exposure and performing health screenings of employees entering the worksite.
The Order further permits employers in indoor worksites that are closed to the public to allow employees who can verify that they are vaccinated the ability to forego wearing a mask and social distancing. Employers retain the ability to issue more restrictive policies on masking and social distancing. Employers shall not restrict individuals from wearing masks and shall not penalize or retaliate against individuals who choose to wear a mask.
NJ SEED: Lifting restrictions limiting the number of workers allowed on site is a significant step toward returning NJ’s workplace operations to normal.
Applications for Emerge (successor to Grow NJ) are now being accepted
May 27, 2021 | roi-nj.com
Applications for the Emerge program, the jobs-based tax credit program created under the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 that administration officials feel is a better version of the old Grow New Jersey program, is now accepting applications, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority said.
NJ SEED: Incentives to create and retain jobs can be very helpful to some businesses as they seek to recover from the punishment suffered under pandemic restrictions.