Monday, December 6, 2021
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Join us to hear from two legal experts from Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, who plan to discuss everything employers need to know about the federal vaccine mandate and vaccinations in the workplace.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Woodcrest Country Club, Cherry Hill
Join us for CCSNJ’s Annual Meeting where we will review the organization’s accomplishments in 2021 and plans for 2022. We will be honoring our former board Chair, Joseph W. Devine, in-person, for his continued contributions to the Chamber, and install a new slate of CCSNJ directors.

CCSNJ encourages all attendees to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the event to support The Salvation Army’s toy drive serving over 1,500 families and 3,500 children (ages 0-12) this holiday season. Those unable to bring a toy to the event, can still donate to support the effort HERE.

Friday, December 10, 2021
8:30 - 10:45 a.m.
The Grove at Centerton, Pittsgrove

Join us for the final event focused on economic development in each county of Southern New Jersey. NJEDA’s Chief Economic Growth Officer, Brian Sabina, will detail the latest news and developments in wind energy that will benefit Salem and Cumberland counties long-term. Mayors and representatives from Cumberland & Salem Countieswill discuss economic development projects and impacts on the region. Additionally, representatives from nonprofit organizations based in Cumberland & Salem Counties will be available to meet with attendees before and after the program at display tables.

Monday, December 13, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Rowan College of South Jersey, Sewell

You are cordially invited to attend our complimentary member orientation. Join us to learn about the benefits of membership and how the Chamber can help you grow your business!

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Please join us to hear from Sean Moriarty, NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Deputy Commissioner of Legal, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, who will be discussing the Administrative Order recently issued regarding the development of the environmental justice rules and any other issues of interest to the South Jersey business community. Additionally, there will be time allocated after the formal presentation for an environmental legislative and regulatory update from Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Woodcrest Country Club, Cherry Hill
CCSNJ is led by the “who’s who” of the South Jersey business community, more than 60 of the region’s most influential business leaders. Get to know the members of the CCSNJ Board of Directors during a panel conversation with Michael Angulo from Stockton University, Anthony Bawidamann from Comcast, Rob Curley from TD Bank and Deborah Hays from Archer & Greiner, P.C., about their careers, leadership styles, how they empower and motivate others, and why they volunteer their time to the Chamber and other community organizations.

Thursday, December 16, 2021
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Join this gathering of Chamber members and guests at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville for our Cumberland County Network Connection Series Breakfast to learn more about each other's businesses and exchange information.

Friday, December 17, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Westin Mount Laurel
The Honorable
Stephen M. Sweeney
New Jersey Senate President
New Jersey's Third Legislative District
Thursday, January 6, 2022
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Join us for Virtual Speed Networking - the quickest way to expand your network!

Connect one-on-one with other CCSNJ members in a fast-paced environment.

Guest Column

What to Do When Employees Resign

Counsel and Chair, Employment and
Labor Department, Parker McCay P.A.

We have been hearing a lot about the “Great Resignation,” and the number of employee resignations continues to rise. As a result, now is a good time to review some of the things that employers need to remember when employees resign. If your business does not have a clear procedure, consider the below, and then think about updating your existing employee handbook or other employment policies.

An employee gives you notice that they are leaving and offers the professional two-week notice period. What’s next?

It is up to the business to decide if it wants the employee to continue to work through the two-week period. Depending on the person, the position, and the access, it is important to decide if there is any risk to the employer in having the employee stay. Remind the employee that they cannot delete any company information from the network or their devices before they leave.

Check your files. Does the employee have a restrictive covenant, a non-disclosure agreement, or a non-compete agreement? If so, remind him/her of the obligation and provide a copy of the agreement. Provide the employee with information regarding his or her benefit plans and send a COBRA notice when appropriate.

Be sure to pay the employee all amounts owed for days worked on the next regular payroll. Check your policy regarding accrued vacation, sick, other paid time off, and even bonuses. If your policy requires that you payout certain earned benefits upon termination, do so. The last thing you want is to be fighting a wage and hour claim with a former employee. Remember that you cannot withhold money from an employee’s final paycheck unless he or she agrees in writing that you can do so.

Remove access to any company files and collect all company property – computer, phone, keys, access cards, etc. – the moment your employee leaves and is officially terminated. 

If part of your protocol includes an exit interview, I recommend that you use that meeting to gain valuable information about why your employee decided to leave. This information should be captured and reviewed to identify any patterns that could be addressed in future policy updates or other organizational changes.

For questions, contact Susan Hodges at
New Member Spotlight
Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is located in Lakewood, New Jersey. Set on a magnificent 156-acre estate formerly belonging to financier George Jay Gould, the campus is conveniently situated 60 miles from New York and Philadelphia, and only 10 miles from the Jersey Shore. Bordering Lake Carasaljo, the site is a National Historic Landmark with alluring statuary, beautiful architecture and lush gardens. After a long history as a women’s college with coeducational graduate programs and undergraduate evening programs, Georgian Court became fully coeducational in 2013. Visit for more information.
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Legislative Work
On November 30, the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC) approved $700 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) and New Jersey Debt Defeasance and Prevention Fund spending, as proposed by Governor Murphy. Read more>>
On November 15, President Biden signed the the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The legislation will provide an estimated $12.31 billion in transportation and transit funding formula dollars for New Jersey over the next five years. The state will also receive a minimum $100 million to expand broadband internet access. Read more>>

Resource Center
The New Jersey Wind Port will be hosting a Trades Career Fair on December 15th from 4pm to 7pm at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 437 Grieves Parkway Salem, NJ. This is a free event that provides an opportunity for residents to explore careers as a union carpenter, laborer, operating engineer & more! 

For more information on the NJ Wind Port, CLICK HERE.
Applications Open for NJEDA Offshore Wind Tax Credit Program
On December 3, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority announced that applications are open for the Offshore Wind Tax Credit Program. Eligible applicants can receive tax credits, often up to 40-60 percent of a project’s qualified capital investments, which can be applied against corporate business tax or insurance premiums. Tax credits are released in increments of 20 percent of the total credit amount per year for five years. Businesses can also sell their tax credits for at least 75 percent of the credit amount. Read more>>

Ambassador Tip
Networking is interacting with others to exchange information and expand contacts. Schedule time weekly to stretch outside your comfort zone and attend events. Be strategic when making new connections. Take the time to build genuine, trusted relationships. Spend your time nurturing and growing relationships over time. Once you make connections and help others, they will respond when you have a need. A strong network supports and advocates for you. To be successful, ask for help and assistance as you look to grow your business. New to networking? Look for a Chamber Ambassador with the blue badge at an upcoming event! We are here to help you.

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Business leaders were clear Friday morning: The recently signed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill represents a huge win for New Jersey, and its congressional delegation deserves plenty of kudos for getting it passed.

On a conference call talking about the bill’s impact on the Garden State, officials from the U.S. Chamber of CommerceNew Jersey Chamber of CommerceAfrican American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey and Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey took turns praising the bill and its bipartisan support. Read more>>
On November 20, the CCSNJ participated in the Giving Cycle Challenge!

Students from the Camden Dream Center Technology Training School researched selected nonprofits and developed ideas to further enhance the impact of each organization. Each student presented their creative ideas to representatives of the selected nonprofits.

8 deserving non-profit organizations were awarded unrestricted funds to advance their impact! Read more>>

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