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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.

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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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility (CDC Recommendations)

Everyday Steps, Steps When Someone is Sick, and Considerations for Employers
 
How to clean and disinfect
 
Clean
  • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
  • Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
  • More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
  • Surfaces and objects in public places, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.
  • High touch surfaces include:
  • Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
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Saturday, May 2, 2020

City of Ocean City, NJ - Office of Emergency Management

City of Ocean City, NJ - Office of Emergency Management

Special Statement:

4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2020  

All of New Jersey remains under a State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency due to the spread of COVID-19.

Please remember that Ocean City’s beaches and boardwalk are closed to all users. Social distancing is required to be practiced except with immediate family members, caretakers, household members or romantic partners. It is also recommended that people wear a cloth face covering while in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Gatherings of any kind are prohibited.

Please do not place an unnecessary burden on our first responders by failing to comply with these very clear and simple guidelines.​

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Mayor;s Update April 24, 2020

Dear Friends,
 
I want to thank all of our essential workers for their dedication – not just the doctors, nurses, health care workers and first responders on the front lines of the fight against this pandemic – but all of the people who are working in grocery stores, picking up our trash and recycling every week, and providing all of the other vital services we need.
 
I want you to know that I will continue to do everything I can, within the law, to keep you and your families safe and healthy. We can get through this together.
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Monday, April 20, 2020

New COVID-19 Guidance Documents

Please note that there are two new items available by New Jersey Department of Health;
 
 
They may be found at:
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Friday, April 17, 2020

Mayor's Update April 17, 2020

Dear Friends,
 
I want to thank everyone again for adhering to all of the many restrictions in place to slow the spread of coronavirus. We need to continue to be vigilant to prevent the exponential growth of infections that other areas of the state are experiencing.
 
I also want there to be hope. We are starting to plan for the day when we can begin to reopen Ocean City. One thing is certain: We do not want to risk a second wave of infections. It will not be business-as-usual this summer. But there will be a summer.
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Monday, April 13, 2020

Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan applications open today

Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan applications open today, Monday, April 13, 2020.

In response to the economic challenges being faced by New Jersey small businesses due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has created the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program. The $10 million program will make direct low-cost financing available to allow New Jersey small businesses and non-profits to cover operating expenses and ensure continuity of operations during the outbreak.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

New Executive Order on Custruction Closures & Social Distancing

What is included in the pending Executive Order on construction closures and social distancing guidelines?

Governor Murphy announced on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, a pending Executive Order that will impact business operations across the State of New Jersey. This Executive Order generally covers:

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Mayor's Update April 7, 2020

Dear Friends,
 
I hope everyone is doing as well as can be expected during these trying times. I fully understand the sacrifices we all are making and the fear of what may lie ahead.
 
Many of you have asked me to close the bridges. I do not have that authority. I have worked with City Council to close the beach, boardwalk, public buildings, parks and recreational facilities. These actions all make it easier to follow the governor’s strict orders to shelter in place and eliminate nonessential travel.
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Friday, April 3, 2020

Relief for Small Businesses

Today's Coronavirus News for New Jersey Business 4/3/2020
 
RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
 
Apply Now - Today, applications are being accepted for two different funding programs for small businesses. All the information is below:
 
N.J. Economic Development Authority's Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program
 
The State's Program - The N.J. Economic Development Authority this morning began accepting applications for grants of up to $5,000 under its Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program.
 
Get more information and get the application here.
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Extremely Urgent News for NJ Businesses

URGENT NEWS
 
 
Act Fast - The N.J. Economic Development Authority will begin accepting applications for small business emergency assistance grants starting this Friday, April 3, at 9 a.m. Applications will be accepted for a week, or until funds run out for this particular grant, the NJEDA said. Applications for other NJEDA COVID-19 programs, including no/low interest loans, will be available in the coming weeks.
 
 
More info on the EDA offerings can be found here.
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