NJ Mandates Paid Sick Leave
As of October 29, 2018 all New Jersey employers will be required to provide their employees with 40hrs of paid sick leave, making it one of the more "expansive sick leave policies in the country". Click here to learn more from Amy Komoroski Wiwi, Partner in the Employee Counseling & Litigation Practice Group at Lowenstein Sandler.
Jaime Reichardt, Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross State and Local Tax Practice, offers a detailed look at recent changes in the NJ state tax code. These changes affect tax amnesty, gross income tax, corporation business tax and sales tax. His article is a particularly interesting and relevant read if you are a business owner or accountant.
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Langan Engineering's Landscaping practice is diving headfirst into rooftop placemaking. Click here to learn more about how developing rooftop spaces promotes more creativity in the design process and fosters more opportunities for collaboration.
Companies across the country are realizing the value of investing strongly in the communities that they call home. Prudential, a national insurance company founded in Newark, is a leader in this area. Not only do they invest in Newark via grant funding resources, they also invest in Newark through strategic partnerships with anchor institutions.
Lata N. Reddy, Senior VP of Diversity, Inclusion & Impact, recently noted that doing CSR (corporate social responsibility) work is not about how a company spends its money, it is about how it earns that money. One powerful strategic decision that the company made was choosing to stay in Newark. They also follow a "three pronged" approach by making an effort to hire, buy and and live local whenever possible. Click here to read more.
Newark Regional Business Partnership exists to connect business for a greater Newark and we support efforts that serve to bolster our home city beyond the scope of 9-5 business. That's why we're excited to share that member company Audible, Inc. has decided to expand its innovative residential incentive and buy-local lunch programs.
These programs encourage Audible's workforce to fully integrate with the Newark community by choosing to live here, or to stay here if they already live here, and encouraging them to explore new eateries at lunchtime.
"Newark Now! Live Local", as the residential incentive program is called, was launched in 2017 with an initial group of 20 employees being selected at random to get a free year of rent at the (then newly opened) residences at the Hahne & Co. building. To incentivize even more employees to live in Newark, the program was scaled to provide all Audible employees living in Newark a $250/month subsidy, and combined the programs increased the number of Audible employees living in Newark by 40%. Audible just announced that starting this June, the program has increased to $500/month, thus allowing employees to keep even more of their income with the hope that they will put some of those dollars back into the local economy.
"Lunch Out Wednesday", as the buy-local lunch program is called, will subsidize 300 employees each week through the end of 2018 (for a total of 9,000 meals) to explore the city and eat at participating Newark restaurants.
These initiatives underscore Audible's commitment to Newark and scale its economic impact on the city by helping to catalyze further retail and residential demand.
Audible is open to engaging other Newark employers and brainstorming on ways that they too can encourage their employees to have a direct, positive impact on the city. If you're a member of NRBP, contact one of our Member Relations Managers today so that we can facilitate an introduction to the appropriate person at Audible!
For the last three years, Newark Regional Business Partnership has sponsored and operated the Newark Young Entrepreneur's Academy (Newark YEA!) program. Designed to educate business minded youth and young adults about what it takes to actually start and run their own business, Newark YEA! has transformed multiple Newark middle and high school students into genuine, confident entrepreneurs. Through the 21-week program, students generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies.
As a student who is pursuing a career in business, participating in Newark YEA! was a great way to learn how to do what I love, which is making clothes. I have always been interested in fashion and have made some items in the past so when I heard the news of an after-school program that caters to youth and helps them create and launch their own businesses I was elated and couldn’t wait to apply. Being a part of this program has taught me how a business actually operates. I learned how to calculate gross profit, labor costs etc... Things I wasn't learning in school.
I joined the Newark YEA! program with the mindset of just creating my business, I didn't think that I would be selected to go to the Saunders Scholars Competition in Rochester, NY to represent the program and the city of Newark.
EisnerAmper LLP's Jaclyn Greco and Ryan Raben outline why the demand for co-investment is likely to continue. Citing a recent report from CEDPRES and building upon experience with clients, Greco and Raben highlight the benefits for both the investor and their manager. Click here for more.
Christopher C. Loeber and Jennifer O. Farina of McCarter & English's Insurance Coverage Group make a compelling case for why corporate policy holders may want to revisit the language used in their D&O policies. Current language may not offer sufficient protection against opioid related (or other) claims. Click here to read more.
Heather Wood, Regional Director of Ports & Intermodal at Dewberry, thoughtfully captures not only the intricacies of port operations but, also exciting opportunities for environmental stewardship and community engagement. Click here to read more.
Fun Fact: there are over 550 ports in the US and Newark's port is the 3rd largest!
Q1 2018 Office Market Report
Avison Young details large-scale developments in New Jersey’s economy, real-estate growth trends and the challenges and opportunities posed by technology shifts in the labor market. Highlights include that the state's unemployment dipped to 4.6% and all nine of the state’s major private industry sectors added new jobs. Areas for improvement include infrastructure, the trucking labor market, and retention of key corporate resources. Click here to read more.
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