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Legislation

New and revised legislations affect every type of OCNJ business. Stay current on the newest laws and regulations pertaining to OCNJ commerce with these legislation reports.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Return to Work Guidelines by NJDOL

Dear Chamber Colleagues: We just received the below information from the NJ Department of Labor regarding guidance for returning to work. The Commissioner will be unveiling this at the Governor’s press conference today. Return to Work Guidelines https://www.nj.gov/labor/assets/PDFs/returntowork_guidelines.pdf FAQs for Employers https://www.nj.gov/labor/employer-services/business/covid.shtml General FAQs: https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/covid_returntowork.shtml
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Governor Murphy - Open our Amusements, NOW!

Please Help Us Urge Governor Phil Murphy to Fully Open Amusements! During the reopening of the state, this business segment has been overlooked and discriminated against – Amusements, Attractions, and Recreational Activities. It is safe and practical to begin reopening commercial recreational attractions. Help us urge Governor Phil Murphy to OPEN OUR Amusements! Strength comes in numbers! Please take a few seconds to support this petition. Thank you! Sign the Petition
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Governor Murphy - Open our Businesses

Please Help Us Urge Governor Phil Murphy to Fully Open Boardwalk Businesses! We are working with Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Association to urge the Governor to fully open Ocean City businesses. Strength comes in numbers! Please take a few seconds to support this petition.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Update - Reopening & Recovery Plan

The Chamber previously released the Ocean City, NJ Reopening and Recovery Plan, which was derived from the comprehensive feedback of more than 100 Ocean City business owners.
The plan has been updated with survey results.
Please click the button below to read the plan.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Governor Murphy - Open our Amusements!

Help us persuade Governor Murphy to open our amusements and attractions. Please share on your social media pages and tag Governor Murphy.
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Monday, June 8, 2020

Our view: SJ businesses grow desperate as summer season starts without them

Our view: SJ businesses grow desperate as summer season starts without them
Press of Atlantic City 6/8/20
South Jersey business organizations have been trying hard to get Gov. Phil Murphy to see that the region is different than the COVID hotspot North Jersey shares with New York and deserves its own reopening plan.
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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Help us urge Governor Murphy to Open Swimming Pools

Please Help Us Urge Governor Phil Murphy
to Open Swimming Pools!
Hello,
We are working with Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce to urge the Governor to open public swimming pools. Strength comes in numbers! Please take a few seconds to support this petition.
Thank you!
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Thursday, June 4, 2020

A Note from the Chamber

We are all eagerly waiting to return to regular business and realize it will not be a “normal” summer season. Our business community is strong, and working together, we will get through this.
As we move forward to Stage II of opening, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce maintains a strong working relationship with NJBIA and the NJ State Chamber of Commerce. We have been, and continue to, participate in more than a dozen meetings a week to lobby for a safe reopening for our members and all small businesses. We will continue to push for the support our businesses need.
On Wednesday, June 3rd, Michele Gillian, Executive Director of Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, testified for a hearing on New Jersey's reopening process hosted by Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick and Assemblymen Antwan McClellan and Erik Simonsen.
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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Update on PPP

We are very pleased to report that by unanimous consent (no debate, no roll-call vote), the Senate just approved H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act. As you know, this bill will make a number of retroactive improvements to the PPP, including:
  • 24-week covered period (instead of 8)
  • 60/40 split (instead of 75/25)
  • Loan forgiveness still possible if FTEs won’t come back, or if revenue in December is below Feb 2020 levels.
  • Five year loan-repayment terms for future PPP loans
  • Payroll tax deferment restored
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Monday, June 1, 2020

NJ's "Safe Play" Reopening Guidelines for Amusements and Attractions

NJ's "Safe Play" Reopening Guidelines for Amusements and Attractions

For the Amusement/Attractions Industry, safety has always been and will continue be our #1 priority. It is the foundation upon which our businesses are built. While COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge with regard to both guest and employee safety, we believe our historic focus on safety positions us well to deal with and execute protocols to create and maintain a safe environment for all. 

Please Click Her to Read  NJ's "Safe Play" Reopening Guidelilnes for Amusements and Attractions

 

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Restaurants and retail owners struggled with PPP loans. But a fix may be on the way. 

Restaurants and retail owners struggled with PPP loans. But a fix may be on the way. 

By Andy Medici
 – Senior Staff Reporter, Washington Business Journal

May 27, 2020, 1:59pm EDT
Updated May 28, 2020, 2:46pm EDT

Legislation to overhaul the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program — and make its numerous provisions friendlier to restaurants and retail shops in particular — passed the House of Representatives Thursday.

The bipartisan Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, introduced last week by Reps. Chip Roy, R-Texas, and Dean Phillips, D-Minn., would extend the eight-week period under which loan recipients could spend the PPP money while helping fix other details that continue to bedevil small businesses in the hospitality realm. Some of those businesses, which often entail higher overhead costs and lower salaries, have struggled to rehire employees because their operations are still far from resumed or former employees are seeing more income from enhanced unemployment benefits.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Help persuade Governor Murphy to open our attractions!

Help us persuade Governor Murphy to open our attractions. Here are the photos for the digital campaign. Please choose one to post on your social media pages and tag Governor Murphy. We want this to go viral! 
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

CDC Interim Guidance for Restaurants and Bars

INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR RESTAURANTS AND BARS

This guidance provides considerations for businesses in the food service industry (e.g., restaurants and bars) on ways to maintain healthy business operations and a safe and healthy work environment for employees, while reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread for both employees and customers. Employers should follow applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and CDC guidance for businesses to plan and respond to COVID-19. All decisions about implementing these recommendations should be made in collaboration with local health officials and other State and local authorities who can help assess the current level of mitigation needed based on levels of COVID-19 community transmission and the capacities of the local public health and healthcare systems. CDC is releasing this interim guidance, laid out in a series of three steps, to inform a gradual scale up of activities towards pre-COVID-19 operating practices. The scope and nature of community mitigation suggested decreases from Step 1 to Step 3. Some amount of community mitigation is necessary across all steps until a vaccine or therapeutic drug becomes widely available.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Suggested Best Practices - Returning to Work

Returning to Work – Suggested Best Practices

Back to Work Best Practices 

Throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) has recognized the balance needed to safeguard public health and safety while protecting New Jersey’s economy. New Jersey businesses are eager to get back to work and provide their products and services. The health and safety of their employees, clients and customers are their top priority. 

Based on the best practices shared by employers in New Jersey’s critical industries, OCCC is offering the following guidelines and suggestions to assist our member companies in their efforts to provide safe workplaces for their employees and customers as they come back online. Specific metrics will determine reopening, with the appropriate balance being struck among data-driven testing and tracing, the ability to assess risk and the ability to safely operate with ongoing CDC guidance, other industry specific guidance and/or social distancing opportunities known to mitigate exposure.  By implementing best practices, businesses are still subject to the restrictions of current or future executive orders and should be guided accordingly.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Grants and Loans

Grants & Loans

NOTE: All federal and state programs have, for the time being, closed their application process. If you already filed an application with your bank, you should contact them directly to make sure all of your paperwork is in order and about the status of your application.  We will update this section as soon as new opportunities become available.

With PPP Out of Money, What Should Businesses Do?

Main Street Lending Program:  The Federal Reserve has created the Main Street Lending Program to provide a total of $600 billion in financing for small and medium-sized businesses.  While the program’s start date has yet to be announced, here’s what you need to know to check eligibility and get ready to apply. (Prepared by the US Chamber of Commerce)


NJEDA Entrepreneur Guarantee Program (Applications now open)

NJEDA Partnering with CDFIs to Support Low-Cost Financing for Small Businesses and Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19.

Eligibility WizardNJEDA offers this screening tool that lists emergency assistance programs that you may decide to consider based upon information you provide about your organization. Click on the above logo to open the wizard.


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Infographic Prepared by the Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Centers that answers many questions about the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Programs.  Click above image to see the full infographic.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Back to Business New Jersey: Essential FAQs for Return-to-Work Planning

Genova Burns Guide for Back to Business Planning - By: Dina M. MastelloneBrigette N. EaganSharina Rodriguez
 
Now is the time for employers to formulate action plans for returning employees to the workplace. We have developed the following FAQ’s to guide the development of your return to work plan.
 
REQUIRING EMPLOYEES TO RETURN TO WORK
 
1. Can employees decline reinstatement from a furlough?
 
If an employee has no reason protected by law from returning to work, then that employee may be disqualified from unemployment benefits. Following are some common COVID-19 based protected reasons that would delay an employee’s active return to work.
 
New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act If an employee has not exhausted their sick leave, they can use their accrued earned sick time for the following reasons: (1) their own COVID-19 related illness, (2) a family member’s COVID-19 related illness, (3) compliance with a quarantine order for the employee or the employee’s family member, (4) if the employee’s child’s school is closed, (5) and, in some instances, for generalized fear of COVID-19 exposure.
 
Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act Employees may receive up to 80 hours of pay (with certain limitations) for the following reasons: (1) they are subject to an order of quarantine or isolation (or are caring for an individual under such an order); (2) they have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine (or are caring for an individual who has been so advised); and (3) they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis.
 
New Jersey Family Leave Act An employee may request leave to care for a family member and/or child due to school closures related to COVID-19.
 
Federal Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act An employee may also be eligible for 12 weeks of leave (10 weeks at partial pay) to care for a child due to school COVID-19 related closures.
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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Mayor's Update May 9, 2020

Dear Friends,
 
I want to wish all the moms in town a happy Mother’s Day tomorrow.
 
I also want to provide a quick update. Today, we opened the shared-use path on the Route 52 causeway, and we began permitting beach access for exercising and active recreation.
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Friday, May 8, 2020

Mayor's Update May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020
 
Dear Friends,
 
I had another week of conference calls with doctors, hospital officials, the governor's office and local leaders as we continue to plan for reopening Ocean City.
 
I am encouraged to report that our local hospitals remain below capacity, and the trends in COVID-19 cases appear to be flattening. So far, we have done well in Ocean City to prevent the worst outcomes of this pandemic by following all of the directives issued to slow the spread of the virus.
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Friday, May 8, 2020

Cape May County Recovery Initiative

Below is a link to the Cape May County Recovery Initiative proposal to reopening our county. The plan was submitted to Governor Murphy.
We encourage all business owners and residents to read the plan.
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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Cape May County Reopening Resolution

Please click here to read the resolution adopted by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders today in regards to supporting the proposal for safe, thoughtful and progressive reopening of Cape May County in the time of Covid-19.

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