Friday, March 16, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Adelphia Restaurant, Deptford

Dr. Kenneth Lacovara
Founding Dean, School of Earth & Environment,  Rowan University
Director,  Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park of Rowan University

Dr. Lacovara will discuss how business strategies are analogous with the natural world. His "bio-inspired business" concept involves lessons we can learn about efficiency from the fossil record, and enterprise models embedded in evolution. He'll also reflect upon what we can learn about leadership from the dinosaurs' survival in harsh conditions. 

Preparing for Tax Changes: The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on NJ Taxpayers
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
8:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Hotel ML, Mt. Laurel

State Affairs Committee featuring Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Adelphia Restaurant, Deptford

Good Morning South Jersey featuring Kris Kolluri and The Honorable Dana L. Redd
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Adeventure Aquarium, Camden

Archer & Greiner P.C.

Proposed State Senate Bill Would Substantially Change Restrictive Covenant Law in New Jersey

Archer & Greiner P.C.
On November 9, 2017, New Jersey State Senator Robert Gordon introduced Senate Bill 3518, which would make significant changes regarding the presentation and enforcement of restrictive covenants, such as non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, in New Jersey. The bill was reintroduced in new session as A1769 on January 9, 2018 and was referred to assembly labor committee where it still sits. If passed, the bill would represent a seismic shift in the ability of New Jersey employers to utilize restrictive covenants.  

Under the proposed new law, restrictive covenants would not be enforceable at all for the following categories of workers: (1) non-FLSA-exempt employees; (2) undergraduate or graduate students undertaking internships or short-term employment; (3) apprentices; (4) seasonal or temporary employees; (5) employees whose employment is terminated without good cause; (6) employees who are laid off; (6) independent contractors; (7) employees under the age of 18; (8) "low-wage" employees (using statewide weekly average remuneration); and (9) employees whose period of service is less than one year.    

For those employees who do not fall into the categories above, the bill proposes a substantial number of new requirements in order for a restrictive covenant to be effective, including the following:
  • If provided at the commencement of employment, the employer must provide the agreement to the employee at least 30 business days in advance of the employment start date;
  • If provided during the term of employment, the agreement would not become effective until 30 days have expired;
  • If the employee resides or works in New Jersey, the agreement cannot contain a choice-of-law provision that would apply any other state's substantive law;
  • The agreement must be signed by both the employer and the employee;
  • The agreement must state that the employee has the right to consult with counsel;
  • The duration of the restriction must be no more than 12 months;
  • The bill prohibits agreements that "restrict an employee from providing a service to a customer or client of the employer, if the employee does not initiate or solicit the customer or client;" and
  • The bill requires that, in order for the agreement to be effective, the employer "shall pay the employee an amount equal to 100 percent of the pay which the employee would have been entitled for work that would have been performed during the period prescribed under this section, and continue to make whatever benefit contributions would be required in order to maintain the fringe benefits to which the employee would have been entitled for work that would have been performed during the period prescribed under this section."
The proposed bill also provides remedies to the employee if the employer violates the statute, including the right to file suit to have the agreement declared void, liquidated damages of up to $10,000, lost compensation and attorney's fees.   

Importantly for employers, however, the bill states that, if passed, "This act shall take effect immediately, but shall not apply to any agreement in effect on or before the date of enactment." This means that all employers who currently use, or are considering using, restrictive covenants should take action now to have their contracts reviewed and, if necessary, renewed or presented to their employees before the bill becomes law. 

If you have questions regarding restrictive covenants, we are here to assist you.  Please call us if you need assistance. If you have questions about the potential new law and how it may affect you, please contact  Mark J. Oberstaedt  at 856-354-3072 or  [email protected]  or  Thomas A. Muccifori  at 856-354-3056 or  [email protected]  or any member of Archer's Trade Secret Protection 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.

Michael R. Tuosto
Chaired by Michael R. Tuosto , general manager, public affairs, PSEG Nuclear, the Communications & Energy Committee meetings host policymakers who discuss issues relevant to the communications and cable industries, as well as the "traditional" utilities (gas, electric & water).

Next Meeting:   Friday, April 13, 2018
                           8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
                           The Westin Mount Laurel

                        Click here to join the committee

Make New Jersey Competitive : The Future of Health Care & the ACA
On February 23, nearly 130 members attended the first Stradley Ronon Make New Jersey Competitive Series event of 2018. The topic focused on an informative discussion of the ACA and health care's future.

Rutgers Business Outlook
A panel of experts gave an update on the regional economy and economic conditions in retail and real estate at the February 27th Rutgers Business Outlook presented by CCSNJ and Flaster Greenberg PC.
Environment Committee features Jeanne Fox
On February 27, Environment Committee members heard an update from  Jeanne M. Fox, Esq., co-chair, Governor Murphy's Energy & Environment Transition Team; former president, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities; former administrator, EPA Region II; former acting commissioner, NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

HR Boot Camp Tackles Top Employment Issues
On February 28, members attended an HR Boot Camp where attorneys from Archer's Labor & Employment Law practice presented a legal update, and discussed changes at the National Labor Relations Board, harassment in the workplace, marijuana and drug testing in the workplace, and how to prepare for when employees leave.

CCSNJ Members Network with "Who's Who" of NJ Politics
More than 175 CCSNJ members and NJ political leaders networked at the CCSNJ VIP Reception held during the NJ Chamber's 81st annual Walk to Washington event on March 1.




March 8
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
March 22
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
March 29
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Congratulations to CCSNJ President & CEO Debra P. DiLorenzo for being named as one of the state's most influential people in the first ROI-NJ Influencers: Power List 2018.
"With so many good area chambers, it's hard to pick just one. But we'll go with CCSNJ and DiLorenzo, who leads a group many recognize as the South Jersey business community's voice in Trenton. CCSNJ helped defeat the ballot question that would have expanded casino gaming into North Jersey, and her appointment to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority enables her to play a bigger part in shaping Atlantic City."
Congratulations to our members who were also listed on the  Power List 2018.


Rich St. Maur 
Managing Partner
Coordinated Project Solutions LLC
Maximize your effectiveness, networking at CCSNJ events:
  1. Pick the events with topics that will draw prospective clients for your company.
  2. Check the list of registered attendees and highlight the top six that you want to meet.
  3. Let your chamber Ambassador know that you are registered to attend and which people you would like them to help with introductions.
  4. Always start the conversation with asking them what they specialize in and who is a good lead for them. Most of them will then ask you about your services. (Be prepared with your own 30 second "Elevator Speech").
  5. Exchange cards and follow up with an email to those you want to meet with for coffee, lunch, etc. (within 24 hours after the Chamber event).
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Storm Your Brain Communications Solutions is happy to offer Chamber members two offers: 

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Contact:  Kim Selby  at 856-854-9000.


A stellar list of leaders from across a wide array of sectors make up NJBIZ's 2018 list of the  Best 50 Women in Business. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, each of the winners is recognized for their  professional success, community involvement and advocacy for women.

This year's class will be honored at an awards reception and ceremony from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 19, at the  Palace at Somerset Park . To reserve seats or to get more information, go to

Congratulations to our Members!

Marcy Bliss
Wedgewood Pharmacy

Nancy BrayShelby Mechanical, Inc.

Linda CascardoWells Fargo

Nina ChmuraWithumSmith+Brown, PC

Tracy FinkCohnReznick LLP

Lauren HolmanHolman Frenia Allison, P.C.

Jennifer A. HradilGibbons P.C

Patricia LeeConnell Foley LLP

Dina M. Mastellone, Esq., Genova Burns LLC

Bernadette MoscaArthur J. Gallagher

Lisë StewartEisnerAmper LLP

Valerie B. TraoreThe Food Bank of South Jersey

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