Tagged: Job Creation

Governor Murphy Signs New Economic Incentive Legislation

Governor Murphy signed into law the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 (NJERA), opening a new chapter in the Murphy Administration’s efforts to incentivize businesses to invest in New Jersey and to assist the State in recovering from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. NJERA’s enabling legislation, almost 250 pages long, creates new economic development programs, amends existing programs, and makes operational changes to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). New Incentive Programs NJERA 2020 creates nine new incentive programs: The Historic Property Reinvestment Program provides tax credits for part of the cost of rehabilitating historic properties in this State. Tax credits under this program are capped at $50 million annually for six years. Qualified historic properties potentially eligible for tax credits include those designated on the National Register of Historic Places or the New Jersey Register of Historic Places, by the Pinelands Commission, or by municipalities under certain criteria approved by the State Historic Preservation Officer. The Brownfields Redevelopment Incentive Program provides tax credits to compensate developers for remediation costs of redevelopment projects located on brownfield sites. Tax credits under this program are capped at $50 million annually for six years. Brownfield sites include any former or current commercial or industrial site that is currently vacant or underutilized and on which there...

NJ Legislators Look to Prohibit Asking Applicants about Salary History

The New Jersey Legislature is poised to take up another thorny issue for employers, salary history. Described by legislative sponsors as an effort to promote pay equity, the legislation would amend the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to bar employers from asking job applicants about their salary history, or relying on it to determine salary at any stage in the hiring process. Two separate pieces of legislation have been introduced that prohibit an employer from inquiring about the salary history of an applicant. Assembly Bill 4119 was introduced on September 15, 2016 and referred to the Assembly Labor Committee. Senate Bill 2536 was introduced on September 15, 2016 and referred to the Senate Labor Committee.

Innovation Brewing in the New Jersey Legislature

Every summer, New Jersey legislators travel to the annual conferences of the National Conference of State Legislators (“NCSL”), the Council of State Governments (“CSG”), and the American Legislative Exchange Council (“ALEC”) to educate themselves about policy innovations occurring throughout the United States. While we wait to learn about their experiences, right now is a good opportunity to focus on innovative legislation currently before the New Jersey Legislature. As of August 15, 2016, 7,068 bills have been introduced in the New Jersey Legislature, 4,379 in the Assembly and 2,689 in the Senate, and only 87 have been signed into law. The following list of bills currently in committee represent examples by legislators looking to encourage innovation in New Jersey: S158 (Madden)/A3631 (Quijano) would promote investment in New Jersey by broadening the types of New Jersey emerging technology businesses that are eligible to receive investments under the New Jersey Angel Investor Tax Credit Act; A3187 (Munoz)/ S948 (Singer) would create a program within the New Jersey Economic Development Authority that would create a pathway to the commercial market for technology developed at a New Jersey college or university. Under this legislation, New Jersey would stimulate the economy while recapturing the state’s investment in higher education; and S348 (Kean) would utilize funds from the Workforce Development Partnership Fund,...