Assemblyman Moriarty Visits New Silvestri Tower At Jefferson Hospital

I had the pleasure of touring the new Silvestri Tower at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital before it is open for patients on Monday July 26. The new 7 story patient pavilion features 90 all-private patient rooms, a rooftop helipad, and state-of-the-art communications systems to keep patients and their loved-ones informed of all medical care and treatments throughout the stay. An 850 space parking facility was also constructed, including electric vehicle charging stations…. Read More

MADDEN BILL PACKAGE ADDRESSING EMPLOYEE MISCLASSIFICATION CLEARS SENATE

Trenton – A bill package sponsored by Senator Fred Madden that would continue New Jersey’s efforts to combat employee misclassification was approved by the Senate. “I am proud to continue our work in strengthening the protections for our dedicated workers against unscrupulous contractors here in New Jersey,” said Senator Madden (D-Camden/Gloucester), chair of the Senator Labor Committee. “Any employer who actively works to undercut the earnings of someone’s hard work for the sole… Read More

MORIARTY BILL TO ELIMINATE STATE AID FOR POST-SECONDARY SCHOOLS REQUIRING STUDENTS TO ENTER ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS BECOMES LAW

(TRENTON) – Many for-profit institutions of higher education and job-training schools require students to consent to arbitration agreements that prohibit them from going to court to raise complaints about the institution. Students are often prevented from sharing information about their complaint, shielding the school from public accountability. Aiming to dissuade institutions from compelling students to enter arbitration agreements, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation into law to prohibit State grants, scholarships and loans… Read More

MOSQUERA-SPONSORED BILL TO APPROPRIATE $100 MILLION TO REVITALIZE CHILD CARE INDUSTRY NOW LAW

The child-care industry was among the hardest-hit industries by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many programs forced to temporarily close and then reopen with decreased enrollment and higher operating costs. To help struggling providers remain in business, the Governor signed a bill Thursday appropriating $100 million in funds in support of the child care industry. The law (formerly bill A-5863/S-3990) appropriates $100 million to the Division of Disaster Recovery and Mitigation in the Department… Read More

MADDEN LEGISLATION TO UPDATE NON-PROFIT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE RELIEF SENT TO THE GOVERNOR

Trenton – In response to the American Rescue Plan now covering 75% of a non-profit employer’s unemployment insurance payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senator Fred Madden and Senator Vin Gopal that would update coverage, initially written in response to the CARES Act, to cover the remaining 25% for nonprofit and government employers. “The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected non-profit organizations, drastically reducing staffing and shifting priorities,”… Read More

MORIARTY BILL PROHIBITING SALE OF CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS CONTAINING HARMFUL SUBSTANCES PASSES ASSEMBLY

The Assembly unanimously passed a bill recently to help protect New Jersey children from harmful substances by prohibiting the sale of certain children’s products containing lead, mercury or cadmium. Early exposure to these metals can be associated with developmental delays and other negative effects on a child’s organs, immune system, digestion, etc. To limit childhood exposure to lead, mercury and cadmium, the bill (A-1459) would prohibit the sale, manufacture or distribution of any product containing these… Read More

MOSQUERA BILL REQUIRING PLACEMENT OF CHILDREN WITH RELATIVES WHENEVER POSSIBLE NOW LAW

With more than 94,000 residents in need of substance use disorder treatment throughout the state, Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Gabriela Mosquera and Chris Tully sponsor legislation to address one of the factors that can lead to the disorder. The bill, which requires State departments and courts to consider placing children with relatives if their parents cannot care for them, was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on Friday. Whenever parents are no longer… Read More

Indoor Mask Mandate To Be Lifted and Gathering Limits To Be Removed

Indoor mask mandate to be lifted and gathering limits to be removed: effective May 28th, the statewide indoor mask mandate will be lifted. businesses and entities overseeing indoor spaces may continue to require face masks for employees, customers, and/or guests. Masks will continue to be required in: public-facing state offices, such as Motor Vehicle Commission agencies. worksites that are closed to the public, including warehousing and manufacturing facilities. If you are NOT fully… Read More

MOSQUERA BILL INCENTIVIZING SMALL BUSINESSES TO CREATE NEW JOBS PASSES ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE

With the State attempting to recover many of the jobs that were lost last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Burzichelli, Daniel Benson and Gabriela Mosquera to establish a New Jobs for New Jersey tax credit program was advanced by the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday. The purpose of the program established by the legislation (A-1679) would be to incentivize… Read More

More Covid Restrictions Lifted Beginning May 19th

Effective May 7th: Outdoor gathering limit increases to 500 individuals Indoor room capacities increase to 50% with a maximum of 250 individuals for private catered events, political gatherings, weddings, funerals, memorial services, and performances. dance floors reopen at private catered events outdoor capacity for large venues (1,000 or more fixed seats) increases to 50% prohibition on indoor bar-side seating will be lifted prohibition on buffets and other self-service foods at restaurants will… Read More