The Legislature is returning to Trenton today and there are several pieces of legislation impacting the business community being closely monitored by NJBIA.
First and foremost, A-1474/S-511 (Lopez/Cryan), which creates new regulations regarding temporary laborers is still on Governor Murphy’s desk awaiting action. If signed into law, this legislation would require temporary workers to be paid the same wages and benefits as their equivalent employee counterparts. Additionally, the bill includes a private right of action provision and will increase liability on third-party companies utilizing temporary workers. More information on the bill can be found here. If you have any concerns with this legislation, I highly encourage you to reach out to the Governor’s office.
With the legislature back in session, we are opposing A-822/ S-723 (Timberlake/Codey), the New Jersey Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Act, which is being heavily pushed by advocates. This bill goes beyond impacting domestic workers and inserts the ABC test into the state workers’ compensation law, impacting independent contractors and the entire comp system. Additionally, the bill mandates extensive benefits such as 2- and 4-week termination notifications, days off, and break requirements that are not seen in other sectors. More information on the bill can be found here.
We remain engaged on and are closely monitoring several other bills impacting labor policy here in New Jersey.
- NJBIA opposes A-3715/S-1410 (Moriarty/Cryan) that would limit the provisions and enforceability of restrictive covenants, putting employers at risk by limiting their ability to protect proprietary information and trade secrets. More information on the bill can be found here.
- NJBIA is opposed to S-2389 (Singleton) which would require a wide range of covered employers to retain service employees for 90 days following a change of ownership in their service contracts. This legislation broadly defines service employees to include security, food service, front desk, maintenance, and janitorial staff, among others. More information on the bill can be found here.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding these bills or others. We hope to see you tomorrow at our virtual Joint Education & Workforce Development and Employment & Labor Policy Committee Meeting at 9 a.m. We will be joined by Jeffrey Oakman, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Murphy, Aaron Fitchner, President, and Catherine Starghill, Senior Director of Strategy and Workforce Partnerships for the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, Gene Lepore, Executive Director and Morganne Dudzinski, Associate Director for the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, as well as Kyle Sullender, Executive Director of Focus NJ. You can register for the event here.