Monday, November 15, 2021
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino
Network with the “Who’s Who” of New Jersey politics and fellow CCSNJ members while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and open bar.

Attendance is Complimentary.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Get the pulse on the South Jersey economy at this forum featuring industry experts in economy, higher education, hospitals/healthcare and gaming. Our panel will report on current conditions and provide a six-month outlook in their respective business sectors relative to the Southern New Jersey marketplace.

Thursday, November 18, 2021
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Join this gathering of Chamber members and guests at Terra Nova Restaurant in Sewell for our Gloucester County Network Connection Series Lunch to learn more about each other's businesses and exchange information.

Friday, November 19, 2021
8:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Woodcrest Country Club, Cherry Hill
Deconstructing the Results: 
New Jersey Election 2021

2021 marks a landmark election year in New Jersey with all 120 state legislative seats on the ticket, as well as the Governor. Join us for this always fun event when we look back on the election results with two well-known and well-respected political operatives – one Democrat, one Republican – who will discuss the trends seen in the results and what the outcome of the state’s most competitive races mean for both parties.

Monday, November 22, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Join us for small group networking! Throughout the program we'll ask fun poll questions to help break the ice.

This meeting's theme is Fall Favorites! Join the zoom meeting with your favorite thing about fall in the background.

*Attend a virtual networking event, receive a FREE ticket to an in-person Network Connection Series Event! Click here for details.

Monday, November 22, 2021
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.

*Attend a virtual networking event, receive a FREE ticket to an in-person Network Connection Series Event! Click here for details.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Woodcrest Country Club, Cherry Hill
Join us for CCSNJ's Annual Meeting & Holiday Party! We will review the organization's accomplishments in 2021 and plans for 2022. We will also be installing a few new CCSNJ officers and directors. Don't miss out on our biggest networking event of the year!

Thursday, December 9, 2021
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Join this gathering of Chamber members and guests at The ChopHouse in Gibbsboro for our Camden County Network Connection Series Lunch to learn more about each other's businesses and exchange information.

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.

Guest Column

EEOC Provides Guidance to Employers on COVID-19 Religious Accommodation Requests

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

Associate, Parker McCay P.A.

On October 25, 2021 and October 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provided updated guidance to help employers with the influx of religious accommodations from job applicants and employees pertaining to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, masking requirements, and testing requirements. Of particular note is Section K.12 pertaining to Title VII and COVID-19 Vaccinations, which states that “the employer should ordinarily assume that an employee’s request for religious accommodation is based on a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.”

However, many individuals have arrived at their feelings toward vaccine requirements, masking requirements, and testing requirements on their own in response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Employers may feel that individuals are making “religious” accommodation requests as an excuse for avoiding unwanted obligations. How does an employer test whether an employee’s requested religious accommodation is based on a sincerely held religious belief?

Upon receipt of a religious accommodation request, the employer should do its due diligence to determine whether it has an objective basis for questioning either the religious nature or the sincerity of a particular belief, practice, or observance. In questioning the religious nature of the belief, employers may ask the employee for additional supporting information pertaining to the belief and why the belief conflicts with the employer’s COVID-19 policy. Title VII (and the state equivalent, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination) does not protect social, political, personal, medical, or nonreligious concerns about the possible effects of the vaccine.

Moreover, the majority of recognized religions do not have tenets prohibiting vaccinations.1
While the sincerity of an employee’s stated religious beliefs is normally not in dispute, the employee’s sincerity in holding a religious belief is largely a matter of individual credibility. Factors that might undermine an employee’s credibility include: whether the employee has acted in a manner inconsistent with the professed belief; whether the accommodation sought is a particularly desirable benefit that is likely to be sought for nonreligious reasons; whether the timing of the request renders it suspect (e.g. it follows an earlier request by the employee for the same benefit for secular reasons); and whether the employer otherwise has a reason to believe the accommodation is not sought for religious reasons.

When an employee’s objection to a COVID-19 vaccination, masking, or testing requirement is not religious in nature or is not sincerely held, Title VII and the NJLAD do not require the employer to provide an exception to the requirement as a religious accommodation. Accordingly, employers should coordinate with their labor counsel to discuss policies and procedures to ensure that they do not run afoul of EEOC guidance or anti-discrimination laws.

For questions, contact Susan Hodges at or Jeffrey Catalano at

One of the most controversial shifts in New Jersey law over the past few years is the legalization of marijuana - first for medical and more recently, recreational use. The impact touches all industries so BCSJ has brought together an expert panel to answer many popular questions.

What are the landlord's responsibilities for a cannabis tenant? What kind of insurance and/or security measures are necessary? What hurdles and obstacles do you face that are unique to cannabis?

New Member Spotlight
B & B Poultry Co., Inc. a private, family owned, organization, has operated out of it’s proud Norma, NJ facility for over 7 decades. Our company specializes in ready-to-cook fowl, cut-up and de-boned fowl, heavy fowl, cut-up young chicken, as well as organically grown and processed poultry. In an industry that is always changing, our 75+ years of experience and adaptability has allowed our process and product offering to meet our customers’ and the end market’s continually changing requirements. Visit for more information.
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Legislative Work
OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard for Covid-19 Vaccinations
On November 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published in the Federal Register its emergency temporary standard (ETS) that will require private sector employers with 100 or more workers to ensure that employees are vaccinated against Covid-19. Read more>>
On November 8, Governor Murphy acted on a number of bills that were sent to his desk prior to the break for the election. The Governor 
signed into law the following bills supported by the CCSNJ. Read more>>

Resource Center
On November 10, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) approved the creation of the Main Street Micro Business Loan, which will provide financing of up to $50,000 to eligible micro businesses in New Jersey with ten or fewer full-time employees and no greater than $1.5 million in annual revenues. The Program is the successor to the Micro Business Loan Program established by the NJEDA in 2019. Read more>>
On November 10, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) approved rules for the Aspire Program, a place-based economic development program created under the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 (ERA).The Aspire Program encourages mixed use, transit-oriented development in New Jersey by providing tax credits to commercial and residential development projects that have a financing gap. Read more>>

Ambassador Tip
Being an Ambassador for CCSNJ means being a bridge to connect people with people. To really build a rapport with a business contact you must be passionate, be yourself, be consistent, and most of all be present. Be active in both in-person and on social media platforms with including posting, commenting, and sharing. Growth a business partner may flourish when you least expect it!

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Trenton's Energy Master Plan is noble in its intent but will have a disastrous impact on New Jersey's economy. Businesses and residents alike will be saddled with sky high energy taxes and exorbitant energy prices that will cripple the economy. New Jersey must adapt to Climate Change. But we need to have a transparent public discussion so that we don't end up with policies that are neither feasible, affordable, or reliable.

For many years, South Jersey residents have complained that while paying their fair share of gas taxes and tolls, they’re on the short end of receiving public transportation services from the state. A new report validates those claims but offers a path forward to give those residents a “ticket to ride” in their communities. Read more>>
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