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NJBIA Coronavirus Resource ConnectionNJBIA is continuing to update our Coronavirus Resource Page as the impacts to New Jersey’s response to the health crisis become more widespread and defined, and as we maintain regular communications with Gov. Murphy’s office, the Legislature and our state agencies. Our goal is to feature timely one-stop connections to the most critical business-related links from state and federal departments and other important sources to help guide you during this unprecedented time. We hope your business and employees will find the following coronavirus-related resources helpful. And remember that NJDOH has set up a 24-hour public hotline (1-800-222-1222) with trained professionals to answer any questions about COVID-19.
- NJ Resources: Links to various state agencies providing news and information relating to COVID-19.
- Federal Resources: Links to the top federal agencies including the CDC, SBA, FEMA, IRS, and several other resources from a national level.
- NJBIA Resources: News articles relating to coronavirus by our magazine and communications department along with our online community and Member Action Center.
- Videos & Webinars: Informational videos and webinars to help answer key questions and guide the business community through this crisis.
- Employment Opps: NJBIA's online career center, offering free employment listing for companies that are looking for workers and a resource for individuals find employment. Also includes a link to the State of NJ's COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring portal.
- Executive Orders: A summary of each executive order passed by the Governor's office during this crisis.
- New Laws: A list and explanation of new laws that have been put into place during the coronavirus crisis.
- NJ Department Guidance: Instructional information provided by the State of New Jersey on various topics for businesses and various industry sectors.
New Jersey Resources:
- NJEDA Emergency Assistance Eligibility Wizard
- STATE OF NJ: COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses
- New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC)
- NJDOH Information for Businesses & Schools
- NJDOH Information for Healthcare and Public Health Officials
- NJDOL Worker Benefits Guidance - Coronavirus
- NJDOL Division of Unemployment Insurance
- NJDOL: Unemployment Information for Corporate Officers and Business Owners
- NJEDA Waives Work-from-Home Requirement for Employment-based Tax Incentive Programs
- NJEDA: Information for NJ Businesses on the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
- STATE OF NJ FAQ: How do Executive Orders No. 107 and 108 on closures and social distancing affect my business?
- For Healthcare Providers: Administrative Guidance Relating to Telehealth
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice-FAQs
- How Does the New Families First Act Effect Employers? (source: SHRM)
- DHS issues guidelines defining critical jobs during the coronavirus crisis (source: The Hill)
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
- SBA Disaster Loan Application Assistance
- SBA Loan Application Checklist
- CDC Interim Guidance for Business
- CDC Handwashing Instructions
- CDC Symptoms Inforgraphic
- CDC Travel Guidance
- FEMA: COVID-19 Advisory (pdf)
- FEMA: COVID-19 Response page on fema.gov
- FEMA: Rumor Control page to COVID-19 page
- US Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Resource Page
- USDOL New Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities
- IRS Guidance on High-deductible Health Plans
- What Employers Need to Know About the Fed Coronavirus Act
- Member Action Center
- NJBIA Articles about Coronavirus
- NEW JERSEY BUSINESS magazine articles on Coronavirus
- NJBIA MemberLink Community (Member Login Required)
- Health Benefit Solutions
- Tell Michele
- Manufacturing Resources
COVID-19 FAQs for EmployersMichael Shadiack, the chair of Connell Foley’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, answers some of our members most frequently asked questions about layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts and paid leave as they struggle with these issues during the coronavirus shutdown.
NJTV, March 23, 2020NJBIA President & CEO, Michele Siekerka interviewed by Rhonda Schaffler of NJTV about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
NJ 101.5, March 23, 2020Michele Siekerka of the NJ Business and Industry Association is back with Deminski and Doyle LIVE NOW for your questions on what's open, what's not, and what help there is for NJ businesses and employees in this crisis.
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For Employers:If you are an employer looking to fill positions, we are opening our career center to all companies looking to fill positions at no-charge. Visit the NJBIA Career Center Job Posting section. Login with your NJBIA login credentials or create a non-member account. Create your job posting and when you get to the checkout, use Coupon Code COVID19. Note: Coupon not applicable to job post upgrades.
- NJBIA's Career Center lists a number of employment opportunities across all industry sectors for anyone looking for work during this difficult time. Prospective employees can review and apply directly from our Online Career Center, upload a resume searchable by employers and set alerts for specific employment opportunities. Search, review and apply for all current job postings by clicking here .
- The State of New Jersey has also introduced the COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal, a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jersey during the outbreak.
Exempt, Non-Exempt or UnclearGov. Murphy announced Executive Order No. 107 on Saturday, March 21, 2020, effective at 9:00 p.m., containing new standards for businesses which supersede previous orders. The following focuses on what the state considers Exempt, Non-Exempt and what to do if you are unclear of your business status. We have constant contact with the state in an effort to gain more clarity. Please continue to check back here as we update this page on a daily basis, often several times per day. If you have specific questions, please complete the Question/Comment form on this page. We will try to respond as quickly as possible.
- Executive Order 107: Governor Murphy directs all residents to stay at home until further notice
- Executive Order 108:Governor Murphy invalidates any county or municipal restriction that in any way will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Executive Order No. 107
- Executive Order 109: Governor Murphy Suspends All Elective Surgeries, Invasive Procedures to Preserve Essential Equipment and Hospital Capacity
- Executive Order 110: Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Requiring Child Care Centers Close on April 1 Unless Serving Children of Essential Workers
1. Exempt from Executive Order 107Businesses that are considered essential and able to continue operations so long they follow CDC guidance and social distancing recommendations. Only the following RETAIL businesses are considered essential and exempt from the mandate to cease storefront operations include. All other RETAIL businesses must follow the EO and close. Essential retail businesses that are exempt from the mandate to cease storefront operations:
- Grocery stores, farmer's markets, and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists as a grocery store
- Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries
- Medical supply stores
- Gas stations
- Convenience stores
- Ancillary stores within healthcare facilitiesHardware and home improvement stores
- Vehicle rental locations
- Banks and other financial institutions with retail functions
- Laundromats and dry-cleaning services
- Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years
- Pet stores
- Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics
- Printing and office supply shops
- Mail and delivery stores
- Liquor stores
- Mobile phone retail and repair shops
- Bicycle Shops, but only to provide service and repair
- Livestock Feed stores
- Nurseries and Garden Centers
- Farming Equipment Stores
Other Special InstancesEmployees reporting to work are permitted to travel to and from their place of business. Businesses are encouraged to give each employee a letter indicating that the employee works in an industry permitted to continue operations. Governor Murphy also signed Executive Order No. 108, which invalidates any county or municipal restriction that may conflict with Executive Order No. 107. This is effective at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020, as well. The only exceptions are two categories in which municipalities or counties may impose additional restrictions: 1) online marketplaces offering lodging; and 2) municipal or county parks. If you believe your retail business is unique and should be considered an "essential business," it may be submitted to the State Director of Emergency Management, who is the Superintendent of State Police. The Director has the discretion to make additions, amendments, clarifications, exceptions, and exclusions to these lists. If your business falls into a category already exempted, or you are not a retail business, you do not need an exemption and should not pursue this option. If any business is not following social distancing guidelines, you can report the business by contacting your Local Health Department, which you can identify with the Find Your Local Health Department tool. (Source: Business.NJ.gov)
2. Non-Exempt: Subject to ClosureBusinesses considered non-essential and therefore, must cease operations as of 9:00 pm 3/21/2020 do not fit the definitions outlined in number 1. We are working in real time with the Governor’s office and state agencies and are waiting for the State's Waiver Form. We will post it to this page as soon as it is available. If you wish to seek a waiver when it is available, we will try to gather more guidance on your behalf. You can also contact the state through the NJ Business Action Center for information about waivers: NJ Business Action Center
3. Classification UnclearWe are working in real time with the Governor’s office and state agencies, trying to gather more guidance relating to this. Please stay connected to this page. We will update it as soon as we have more clarity.
New Laws Relating to COVID-19To review each law in its complete form, click here, and type in the 4-digit number in the search field.
Bill: A-3095 Aca (1R) Sponsors: Mazzeo (D2); Beach (D6); Turner (D15) +23
- Summary: Provides county clerks with additional week to mail ballots for 2020 primary election; requires ballot position draw to occur one day early if statutory date falls on holiday.
Bill: A-3840 Sponsors: Lampitt (D6); Quijano (D20); Ruiz (D29); Cunningham (D31) +19
- Summary: Requires school districts to provide school meals or meal vouchers to students eligible for free and reduced price school meals during school closures due to COVID-19 epidemic.
Bill: A-3843 Sponsors: McKeon (D27); Bramnick (R21); Chaparro (D33); Vitale (D19); Lagana (D38); Pou (D35); Bateman (R16) +28
- Summary: Requires health insurance and Medicaid coverage for testing of coronavirus disease 2019 and for telemedicine and telehealth during coronavirus disease 2019 state of emergency.
Bill: A-3845 Sponsors: Freiman (D16); Greenwald (D6); Dancer (R12); Cruz-Perez (D5); Stack (D33) +28
- Summary: Authorizes EDA to make grants during periods of emergency declared by Governor and for duration of economic disruptions due to emergency; allows EDA to grant certain business documentation submission deadline extensions.
Bill: A-3848 Sponsors: Lopez (D19); Munoz (R21); Downey (D11); Weinberg (D37); Gopal (D11); Pou (D35); Cruz-Perez (D5); Ruiz (D29); Addiego (D8); Scutari (D22); Greenstein (D14) +14
- Summary: Concerns time off from work in connection with infectious disease.
Bill: A-3849 Sponsors: Johnson (D37); Moen (D5); Timberlake (D34); Bucco (R25); Cruz-Perez (D5); Weinberg (D37); Ruiz (D29); Addiego (D8); Madden (D4); Brown (R2); Holzapfel (R10); Singer (R30); O'Scanlon (R13) +9
- Summary: Modifies deadline by which public agency is required to respond to request for government record during period of emergency.
Bill: A-3850 Sponsors: Murphy (D7); DeCroce (R26); Moen (D5); Beach (D6); Bucco (R25); Weinberg (D37); Cruz-Perez (D5); Ruiz (D29); Addiego (D8); Madden (D4); Holzapfel (R10); Singer (R30); O'Scanlon (R13) +18
- Summary: Allows public bodies to conduct meetings, and provide notice, by electronic means during periods of emergency.
Bill: A- 3851 Sponsors: Schaer (D36); Scharfenberger (R13); Reynolds-Jackson (D15); Bucco (R25); Gopal (D11); Cruz-Perez (D5); Madden (D4); Ruiz (D29); Scutari (D22); Bateman (R16); Brown (R2); Holzapfel (R10); Singer (R30); O'Scanlon (R13); Oroho (R24) +4
- Summary: Permits extension of deadlines for adoption of county and municipal budgets under certain circumstances.
Bill: A-3852 Sponsors: Coughlin (D19); Bramnick (R21); Sweeney (D3); Kean (R21); Ruiz (D29); Greenstein (D14); Bateman (R16); Brown (R2); Holzapfel (R10); Singer (R30) +2
- Summary: Allows conduct of State business and legislative sessions at locations other than Trenton during periods of emergency or other exigency; allows conduct of legislative business using electronic means.
Bill: A-3854 Sponsors: Conaway (D7); Munoz (R21); Benson (D14); Vitale (D19); Gill (D34); Cruz-Perez (D5); Ruiz (D29); Addiego (D8); Greenstein (D14); Kean (R21); Brown (R2); Holzapfel (R10); Singer (R30); O'Scanlon (R13) +12
- Summary: Authorizes all licensed health care facilities and laboratories to collect specimens to test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19); allows waiver of staffing ratio requirements.
Bill: A-3855 Sponsors: Mosquera (D4); Stanfield (R8); Vainieri Huttle (D37); Kean (R21); Codey (D27); Cruz-Perez (D5); Ruiz (D29); Addiego (D8); Pennacchio (R26); Brown (R2); Holzapfel (R10); Singer (R30); O'Scanlon (R13) +14
- Summary: Requires food access information be displayed on websites of 2-1-1 system and executive branch departments during public health emergencies to the extent practicable.
Bill: A-3859 Sponsors: McKnight (D31); Schepisi (R39); Wimberly (D35); Cryan (D20); Pou (D35); Oroho (R24); Singleton (D7); Cruz-Perez (D5); Ruiz (D29); Scutari (D22); Kean (R21); Brown (R2); Holzapfel (R10); Singer (R30) +17
- Summary: Concerns prohibition of residential tenant eviction and eviction due to residential foreclosure during certain emergency circumstances.
Bill: A-3860 Sponsors: Pinkin (D18); DeCroce (R26); Benson (D14); Vitale (D19); Holzapfel (R10); Turner (D15); Gopal (D11); Addiego (D8); Cruz-Perez (D5); Ruiz (D29); Greenstein (D14); Kean (R21); Brown (R2); Thompson (R12); Singer (R30); O'Scanlon (R13) +13
- Summary: Establishes certain requirements to use telemedicine and telehealth to respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Bill: A-3861 Sponsors: Karabinchak (D18); Johnson (D37); Greenwald (D6); Diegnan (D18); Ruiz (D29); Testa (R1); Brown (R2); Holzapfel (R10); Singer (R30)
- Summary: Permits corporations to hold shareholders' meetings in part or solely by means of remote communication during state of emergency.
Bill: A-3862 Sponsors: Giblin (D34); Armato (D2); Houghtaling (D11); Pou (D35); Kean (R21); Ruiz (D29); Brown (R2); Holzapfel (R10); Singer (R30); O'Scanlon (R13); Oroho (R24) +1
- Summary: Permits professional and occupational licensing boards to expedite licensure of certain individuals during state of emergency or public health emergency.
Bill: A-3865 Sponsors: Chaparro (D33); Reynolds-Jackson (D15); Verrelli (D15); Addiego (D8); Bateman (R16); Pou (D35); Ruiz (D29); Brown (R2); Holzapfel (R10); Singer (R30); Turner (D15)
- Summary: Limits return of items purchased from retail food stores under certain circumstances.
Bill: AJR-158 Sponsors: DeAngelo (D14); DePhillips (R40); Cruz-Perez (D5); Ruiz (D29); Greenstein (D14); Kean (R21); Brown (R2); Holzapfel (R10); Singer (R30); O'Scanlon (R13) +12
- Summary: Urges FCC to take temporary measures to secure broadband access for those affected by COVID-19.
Bill: S-2304 Sponsors: Sweeney (D3); Scutari (D22); Sumter (D35); Chaparro (D33); Quijano (D20) +8
- Summary: Concerns family leave and disability benefits during epidemic-related emergencies.
GuidanceNJBIA receives regular guidance updates the State of New Jersey on legislation relating to COVID-19. These apply to businesses, industries and various business sectors. We will update this page as we receive these notifications.
- Healthcare: Telehealth update, Office of the Governor
- NJDEP Enforcement Alert: Be Aware of Requirements to Call the DEP Hotline 1-877-WARN DEP
- NJDEP Enforcement Alert: DEP issues guidance for Public Water Systems and Wastewater Monitoring, Licensed Operator and Certified Laboratory issues due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Retail, Office of the Governor: Governor Murphy Announces Additions to Essential Retail Businesses Permitted to Operate
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