Tuesday, March 12, 2019
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Adelphia Restaurant, Deptford

Join us for a conversation with leaders in the health care industry as they examine the issues of the day surrounding access to quality and affordable health care. Representatives of the key stakeholders -- hospitals, health insurers, physicians, physician education, pharmaceuticals, and end-of-life care -- will discuss what they see as trends, opportunities and challenges to providing and improving care in an ever changing environment.

Francis X. Manning, Esq.
Partner in Charge, New Jersey Office
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
Vice Chairman, Government Action, CCSNJ

Cathleen D. Bennett, Esq.
President & CEO
New Jersey Hospital Association

Mary Ann Boccolini
President & CEO
Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice

Lawrence Downs, Esq.
CEO,  Medical Society of New Jersey

Joseph M. Montella, MD, MS, CPE
Chief Medical Officer
Cooper University Health Care

Dean J. Paranicas, Esq.
President & CEO
HealthCare Institute of New Jersey

Wardell Sanders, Esq.
President,  New Jersey Association of Health Plans
Chairman,  CCSNJ Health Issues Committee

Workshop: Cannabis in New Jersey
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
The Westin Mount Laurel

Transportation & Infrastructure Committee featuring NJ Dept. of Transportation Commissioner 
Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti
Friday, March 8, 2019
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
The Westin Mount Laurel

Good Morning South Jersey featuring Destination Maternity CEO Marla Ryan
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
The Hotel ML, Mt. Laurel

State Affairs Committee featuring Senator Andrzejczak, Assemblyman Land and Assemblyman Milam
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
8:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Luciano Conference Center, Vineland

Non-Profit Committe: 
For-Profit/Non-Profit Partnerships - 
The Next Big Thing in Business
Friday, March 22, 2019
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Adelphia Restaurant, Deptford

Breakfast with New Jersey 
Governor Phil Murphy
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
The Westin Mount Laurel

New Jersey Family Leave Act and Family Leave Insurance Dramatically Expanded

Partner,  Archer & Greiner, P.C.
On February 19, 2019, Governor Murphy signed into law dramatic expansions to the New Jersey Family Leave Act ("NJFLA") and New Jersey's Family Leave Insurance ("NJFLI") law. The most significant amendments are:
  1. Effective June 30, 2019, the NJFLA applies to employers with 30 or more employees, not 50 or more employees as required by federal law.
  2. The family members for which employees may take leave has been significantly expanded.
  3. The amount of paid benefits available to the employee under the NJFLI has been increased and the period of time for which benefits can be paid has been doubled.
In keeping with the Murphy Administration's already enacted changes to New Jersey's employment laws since the Governor has taken office, the amendments to NJFLA and NJFLI represent another broad expansion of employee benefits required from New Jersey employers. The most impactful change is to the number of employers who are now subject to the NJFLA. Employers with thirty (30) or more employees will have to abide by the NJFLA starting on June 30, 2019. Previously, and consistent with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the NJFLA only applied to employers with fifty (50) or more employees. Smaller employers will now for the first time be required to provide time off of up to twelve (12) weeks, as has been the case for employers with 50 or employees.

In addition, the NJFLA will also protect more employees because it now allows time off for an extremely broad definition of "family member." The NJFLA has always allowed employees unpaid time off to care for serious health conditions affecting family members, of up to 12 weeks in a 24-month period. Previously, family members only included newly born or adopted children, parents, children under 18, spouses, or civil union partners. Now, the NJFLA includes almost anyone related by blood or even non-blood relatives (and friends) who are closely associated with the employee - family members now include foster children, children born pursuant to a valid written agreement between the parent and a gestational carrier, parents-in-law, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, domestic partners, any blood relatives, and, in a catch-all category, anyone with a close association to the employee that is equivalent to that of a family member. Leave also is expanded to care for victims of sexual or domestic violence - not just for those with serious health conditions.

Another significant change relates to intermittent leave for the birth or adoption of a child. Previously, intermittent leave in those circumstances was only allowed with the employer's consent. Now, the employee has the right for intermittent leave without employer consent.

Although NJFLA is unpaid, changes to NJFLI have also been made which will allow employees to receive additional pay, and for longer periods of time, during leave. That is, the corresponding amendments signed by Governor Murphy to the NJFLI increase the amount of compensation available under the Family Leave Insurance Program to 85% of an employee's average wages, up to a maximum of $860 a week. (Previously it had been approximately two-thirds up to a maximum of $650 per week). Even more significant is that the number of weeks of NJFLI is being doubled, from 6 weeks to 12 weeks, every 12 months. And for intermittent leave, the number of days available is being expanded from 42 days to 56 days. The end result is that an employee taking his or her full entitlement to family leave will receive 85% of his salary for those weeks, up to a maximum of $860 per week.

These changes represent a significant expansion of family leave laws and insurance in New Jersey. This is particularly true for employers with between 30 and 50 employees who had no prior obligations, under New Jersey or federal law, to provide paid time off. In addition, the NJFLI expansions to 12 weeks and up to $860 per week will allow employees who previously could not afford to take a full family leave of absence to now do so.

If you have questions about whether and how your business will be affected by the new expansions of the NJFLA and whether your family leave policies or practices are compliant with the NJFLA, please contact Peter L. Frattarelli or any member of Archer & Greiner's Labor and Employment Group in Haddonfield, N.J., at (856) 795-2121, in Princeton, N.J., at (609) 580-3700, in Hackensack, N.J., at (201) 342-6000, in Philadelphia, Pa., at (215) 963-3300, or in Wilmington, Del., at (302) 777-4350.

Rutgers Business Outlook
A panel of experts gave an update on the regional economy and economic conditions in gaming, staffing and real estate at the February 26th Rutgers Business Outlook presented by CCSNJ and Flaster Greenberg PC.

Environment Committee Meeting
On February 26, Environment Committee members heard from Riche S. Outlaw, Environmental Justice Coordinator, Office of Environmental Justice, NJDEP, on the newly issued draft report requested by Governor Murphy on how the Department should be considering environment justice in its work. 

CCSNJ Members Network with "Who's Who" of NJ Politics
More than 150 CCSNJ members and NJ political leaders networked at the CCSNJ VIP Reception held during the NJ Chamber's 82nd annual Walk to Washington event on February 28.


March 7
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
March 14
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
March 21
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Bill Webb
Account Executive
Saratoga Benefit Services, LLC.
At most Chamber events, attendees have an opportunity to stand up and introduce themselves and their business to the group. Make sure you practice your 15 second commercial before the meeting so the group can get a good understanding of the services that you provide and the types of clients that you are looking for!

The Phillies would like to extend a special  ticket offer to all chamber members for select games during the 2019 season. 

To order tickets, visit 

We look forward to seeing you soon at Citizens Bank Park. Thank you for your support of the Phillies!

A free event designed to help New Jersey small businesses explore opportunities to secure funding will be offered by the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers University-Camden in Cherry Hill on Friday, March 22 
at the Cherry Hill Public Library, located at 1100 Kings Highway North, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22. 

Register online at rsbdc.org/services/special-events. For more information, contact the Rutgers-Camden Small Business Development Center at (856) 225-6221.

Rowing and Growing with The Ospreys
Stockton Athletics will host a Rowing & Growing with the Ospreys fundraiser in the Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room of the Stockton University Atlantic City campus on March 8 at 7 pm. Rowing icon Stan Bergman will be the guest of honor and the evening will include a strolling cocktail reception, auctions, a 50/50 raffle and entertainment by Stockton students.

The Rowing & Growing fundraiser also will serve as a welcome to new Stockton head rowing coach  John Bancheri , who assumed his role as Stockton's first full-time rowing coach in January. Bancheri is an Atlantic City native who returns to South Jersey with 35 years of coaching experience.

2nd Annual Teen Job Fair
Please join the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. South Jersey Chapter Teens for their 2nd Annual Teen Job Fair on March 16 at Hop United Methodist Church in Voorhees from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Local teens will have the opportunity to engage in work readiness workshops, on-the-spot interviews with local employers, and have the chance to land that much anticipated part-time job! This event is open to the public and FREE to the community. Jack and Jill of America Teens in South Jersey are excited to host this event again due to the overwhelming positive responses last year. 

SNJPC is the maternal and child health consortium serving the 7 southern counties of New Jersey.



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