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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.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

NJ Teens Can Work Expanded Summer Hours Under New Law

NJ Teens Can Work Expanded Summer Hours Under New Law

Effective immediately, the legislation (A422) allows 16- and 17-year-olds to work up to 50 hours a week — up to 10 hours each day — when they aren’t in school. It also updates the hours 14- and 15-year-olds can work — a total of 40 hours a week during the summer 

The expansion of work hours gives teens an opportunity to earn more money and helps employers cope with a labor shortage that has led to increased wait times for customers at seasonal businesses. Gov. Phil Murphy signed the law, A-4222/S-2796, sponsored by Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-16) and Senator Vin Gopal (D-11)


Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Here’s what businesses need to know about the enhanced business meal deduction

Here’s what businesses need to know about the enhanced business meal deduction

The IRS encourages businesses to begin planning now to take advantage of tax benefits available to them when they file their 2022 federal income tax return. This includes the enhanced business meal deduction.

For 2021 and 2022 only, businesses can generally deduct the full cost of business-related food and beverages purchased from a restaurant. Otherwise, the limit is usually 50% of the cost of the meal.


Friday, March 25, 2022

New Jersey’s Single-Use Plastic Carryout Bag and Polystyrene Foam Ban Takes Effect May 4, 2022

New Jersey’s Single-Use Plastic Carryout Bag and Polystyrene Foam Ban Takes Effect May 4, 2022

NJ businesses urged to prepare for new requirements that will ban single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service products, and limits plastic straws

Do you run a grocery store or retail outlet that distributes plastic or paper carryout bags to customers, or a food service business that provides plastic straws and polystyrene foam clam-shell takeout containers and other products?

As part of the eco-friendly initiative to eliminate plastic pollution in the environment, New Jersey will soon ban single-use plastic carryout bags, polystyrene foam food service products, paper carryout bags in grocery stores at or larger than 2500-square-feet and will limit plastic straws to by-request-only. The ban will go into effect on May 4, 2022.


Thursday, February 10, 2022

NJEDA to Open Small Business Improvement Grant Application on February 10th

Launch of New Grant Product is Designed to Support Long-Term Recovery of Small Businesses
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced plans to open applications for its Small Business Improvement Grant on Thursday, February 10. The Small Business Improvement Grant is the second of several products the NJEDA is launching under the Main Street Recovery Program, to help small businesses become more resilient and position themselves for growth.
Funded with $15 million, this product will reimburse eligible small businesses and nonprofits for up to 50 percent of eligible project costs associated with building improvements or the purchase and/or installation of new furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FFE) made on or after March 9, 2020, but no more than two years prior to application. The maximum grant award will be $50,000 per business entity for the life of this program.

Friday, November 19, 2021



New assistance programs are available in Cape May County for renters, homeowners, and small business owners who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of approximately $1.5 million in Federal Community Development Block Grant funds will be offered to provide relief to qualified individuals and entities. Program elements include rental/mortgage assistance and small business grant/loans.

The County developed their assistance programs in partnership with the Atlantic County Improvement Authority (ACIA), who will be the lead in accepting and processing applications.  Information on the programs, eligibility requirements, and application materials can be found on the ACIA website at: https://acianj.org/applications3/ Applicants will be asked to register with the portal and to submit applications online. For those individuals or businesses who do not have access to the internet, please contact the ACIA at 609-343-2390 for paper copies of program materials.


Thursday, November 18, 2021

NJBAC Announces the Vendor Clearinghouse for Reusable Bags

N.J. Business Action Center Launches “Vendor Clearinghouse” To Identify Sources of Reusable and Paper Carryout Bags in Advance of State’s Single-use Plastic Carryout Bag Ban

Businesses are urged to prepare now for new requirements, which take effect May 4, 2022

TRENTON, N.J. –– The New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC), a business advocacy resource housed within the New Jersey Department of State, has launched a vendor clearinghouse of wholesale vendors to help business owners prepare for the state’s ban on the provision or sale of single-use plastic and paper carryout bags, effective May 4, 2022. This courtesy list identifies wholesale vendors and manufacturers who sell reusable and paper carryout bags that meet the requirements of the new law.  

On Nov. 4, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law P.L. 2020, c.117, which prohibits the provision or sale of single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene foam foodservice products in all stores and food-service businesses statewide. The law also prohibits the provision or sale of single-use paper carryout bags by grocery stores that occupy 2,500 square feet or more. The law required the creation of a vendor clearinghouse to aid businesses in identifying vendors and manufacturers who sell reusable carryout bags allowed by the new law.


Wednesday, May 26, 2021



Small businesses and non-profits that missed previous deadlines to apply have another chance

TRENTON, N.J. (May 26, 2021) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) reopened pre-registration for Phase 4 of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program this morning, Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., the Authority announced today. In line with his commitment to a stronger and fairer economic recovery, Governor Phil Murphy recently announced the allocation of $200 million in additional funds to help fulfill Phase 4 grant applications. Small business owners and non-profits that have not previously applied for Phase 4 grants may pre-register as a preliminary step toward applying for grants of up to $20,000.

The $200 million in additional funds will continue to support the most adversely affected businesses in New Jersey, including $20 million for bars and restaurants, $120 million for micro-businesses, $10 million for child care providers, as well as $50 million for other small businesses and non-profits with up to 50 full-time equivalent employees. Since the initial launch of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program back in April of 2020, the NJEDA has distributed more than $259 million in aid to some 55,000 businesses across the state.


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

NJ Lifts Mask Mandate and Social Distancing Requirements

New Jersey, which was the first state in the nation to put an indoor masking requirement in place on April 8, 2020, will be lifting that statewide indoor mask mandate via executive order on Friday, May 28, Gov. Phil Murphy said today.

Additionally, the state’s current requirement for maintaining six feet of social distance in all indoor and outdoor settings will also be lifted on May 28.

This includes restaurants, retail spaces, personal care businesses, gyms, recreational and entertainment businesses such as casinos, religious services, weddings, political activities, funerals and memorial services, and performances.

Murphy added that individual businesses and other entities, which oversee indoor spaces may continue to require that employees and customers/guests wear facemasks or maintain six feet of distance if they so choose.


Monday, May 3, 2021

Governor Murphy Announces Additional Easing of Restrictions

With COVID-19 Numbers Trending Decisively in the Right Direction, Governor Murphy Announces Additional Easing of Restrictions
Changes Include Removal of All Percentage Capacity Limits for Indoor and Outdoor Businesses, Lifting of Prohibition on Indoor Bar Seating, and Removal of Outdoor Gathering Limit
Changes Effective in Two Phases – On Friday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 19 

Today, Governor Murphy will sign an executive order that makes the following changes effective Friday, May 7 (some of which were previously scheduled to take effect on Monday, May 10):


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant - Phase 4

Grants up to $20,000 are available for small- and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in these grants, you will need to pre-register between Monday, April 19th at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday, April 29th at 5:00 p.m. If you do not pre-register, you will not be eligible for these grants.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority announced Wednesday it will begin accepting applications in May for a number of the recently announced programs that are aimed at providing $85 million in grants to various types of small businesses.
The programs include $25 million for microbusinesses (5 or fewer employees), $15 million for small businesses (6 to 50 employees), $10 million for child care centers and $35 million for eating/drinking establishments. More information is available here.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Restaurant Revitalization Act - Important Info

$28.6 Billion in Relief for Restaurant Industry
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”)—Restaurant Revitalization Act (“RRA”) Summary
KEY Points
•   A good deal of money is obtainable!
•   Grants are non-taxable!
•   All of your independent restaurants/beverage establishments will surely qualify!
•   The ARPA provides $28.6 billion in grants designed to support the recovery of small and medium-sized food and beverage businesses. The grants will be awarded by the SBA (the federal Small Business Authority), and individual businesses are eligible to receive up to $5 million in grants, while businesses with up to 20 locations are eligible for a maximum of $10 million.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

This year we’ve had wins big and small for New Jersey restaurants. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund based @WeRRestaurant’s Blueprint for Recovery is the most important. Find out if your restaurant is eligible here: http://bit.ly/UnderstandingRRF


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Summer Work Exchange Programs Vital For Seasonal Tourism’s Recovery

Summer work exchange programs vital for seasonal tourism’s recovery, by Cape chambers of commerce

Many of the businesses in Cape May County depend on the Summer Work Travel (SWT) exchange programs and could not operate without them. We live in an area with a high percentage of seasonal businesses and the available American workforce in the area is not sufficient to provide all of the local businesses with the staff that they need during the busiest times. The SWT program helps the businesses in the community keep their doors open and serve more Americans during the peak tourist season.

As we come out of the pandemic and are given the thumbs up to increasingly open up our economies, we need to ensure that local businesses can operate to the capacity they are allowed in order to maximize the limited summer season. If Cape May County is going to be able to rebound, it will require businesses maintaining their full- time, year-round and seasonal employees. The Summer Work Travel programs help businesses supplement and diversify their workforce with a small, but critical, addition.


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Restaurants, gyms, personal services to go to 50% capacity on March 19

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday that restaurants, gyms/fitness centers, personal care services (hair and nail services) and recreational and amusement facilities will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity, beginning March 19.

Murphy issued a number of new capacity rulings at his COVID-19 briefing.

The governor said that the number of people at an indoor gathering could increase from 10 to 25 and that the number of people at an outdoor gathering could increase from 25 to 50. These gatherings exclude religious ceremonies, political events, weddings, funerals and memorial services, which can be held in greater numbers.


Thursday, March 4, 2021

Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 3/4/21

Today's News for New Jersey Business:

New rules for self-employed and sole proprietors applying for Paycheck Protection loans. Restrictions are loosened for weddings and summer camps.


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Gov. Murphy Will Relax Restrictions On Restaurants Starting Friday

Today's News for New Jersey Business: Gov. Murphy said he will relax restrictions on restaurants starting Friday. Limits on many public gatherings will also be relaxed, including in gyms and entertainment venues. Paycheck Protection Program loans keep flowing.


Friday, January 15, 2021

SBA Re-Opening Paycheck Protection Program to All Eligible Lenders

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15 at 9 a.m. EST. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA.

Earlier in the week, SBA granted dedicated PPP access to Community Financial Institutions (CFIs) which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to reach underserved and minority small businesses.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Action Requested - Help Our Restaurants

Dear Chamber Members,
Please help our restaurants by emailing Governor Murphy through the link below encouraging him to sign legislation to allow restaurants to continue outdoor dining.
The NJ Restaurant and Hospitality Association has been working on this bill with the sponsors and the Governor’s office since last Monday when the governor vetoed the original bill.

Monday, January 11, 2021

PPP Available This Week

The PPP for first time applicants opens today, and the 2nd draw loan program starts on Wednesday. For more information, please see the below press release that came out on Friday, as well as these summary documents:

Top-line Overview of First Draw PPP (1.8.2021)-508

Top-line Overview of Second Draw PPP (1.8.2021)-508

The SBA website has also been update, so you can view all things PPP by visiting www.sba.gov/ppp.


Monday, January 11, 2021

Legislation Signed to Reduce Unemployment Insurance Payroll Tax

Legislation Signed to Reduce Unemployment Insurance Payroll Tax

New legislation will reduce the amount of an employer’s unemployment taxes through Fiscal Year 2023 in an effort to continue supporting small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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