Monday, October 18, 2021
Upcoming Events
Thursday, October 21, 2021
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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

Friday, October 22, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Westin Mt. Laurel

Jack Ciattarelli
Republican Candidate for New Jersey Governor
Monday, October 25, 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 Halloween/Horror! Join the zoom meeting with a Halloween or Horror-themed background.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Grove at Centerton, Pittsgrove

The global pandemic brought unimaginable challenges to organizations and businesses across all industries and the world, while also creating a landscape for advancement and innovation to meet the ever-changing conditions. Join us for the next event of this series where leaders in food manufacturing will discuss how the industry is growing and innovating in South Jersey, while also adapting to the challenges presented by the global pandemic.

Thursday, October 28, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Westin Mt. Laurel
Join us for CCSNJ's Annual Women's Conference!

Panel 1: Journey to the C-Suite
Panel 2: The Art of Saying No

Keynote Address
A Force for Change - Empowered Women, Empower Women to Take off the Cape!

Presented by Kimberly S. Reed, M.Ed., CDE, Award winning Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Strategist, Author, Corporate Trainer and International Speaker, and Chief Transformational Officer, Reed Development Group, LLC 

Kimberly S. Reed, author of “Optimists Always Win! Moving from Defeat to Life’s C-Suite” will be doing a book signing after her keynote speech.

Thursday, November 4, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tavistock Country Club, Haddonfield

Join us as Archer Attorneys Tackle Top HR Issues at CCSNJ's HR Boot Camp!

The following topics will be covered:
  • Cannabis in the Workplace
  • Latest Updates on Vaccine Mandates
  • Remote Workplaces: What are the Rules?
  • Sensitivity and Diversity in the Workplace
  • (Another) FMLA and ADA Time Off Primer

Attendees will be eligible to receive 3.5 SHRM Professional Development Credits for this session.
Friday, November 12, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Grove at Centerton, Pittsgrove

Congressman Jeff Van Drew has represented the Second Congressional District, which encompasses Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem Counties, as well as parts of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties since 2018. The Congressman currently serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Please join us to hear Congressman Van Drew discuss national issues important to the business community and to the region.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Sheraton Atlantic City 
Convention Center Hotel

Join us at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference to hear from Senator Michael Testa, Jr. from New Jersey's First Legislative District on his priorities for the lame duck session, expectations for the next Legislative session, role as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Manufacturing Caucus, and other issues of interest to the South Jersey business community.

Guest Column

Hot Job Market Creates New Risk for Employers 

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

As the pandemic slows, many businesses are now in hiring mode. To meet the pent-up demand for products and services, hiring new talent has become a top priority. But employers are no longer in the driver’s seat. With so many options available in the market, candidates have choices and are looking to leverage that advantage to maximize salary, benefits, and time off. Indeed, many organizations are offering signing bonuses, extra time off, and attractive hybrid or remote work arrangements to entice new hires.

But New Jersey employers need to be careful. Since the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (“Act”) went into effect, it is important to be aware of a concept called “salary compression” and avoid potentially participating in an unlawful employment practice.

Salary compression happens when new hires are paid significantly more than existing employees in the same or similar roles. To get that qualified candidate, employers may consider extending an attractive offer that could inadvertently create a pay inequity with one or more current employees.

Employers should be familiar with the Act and have a plan in place to comply with its requirements. The Act amended the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and makes it unlawful for an employer to pay protected class employees a lower rate of compensation, including benefits, than non-protected class employees for “substantially similar work.”

Any pay discrepancies must be justified by demonstrating how experience and education sets employees apart, pursuant to a seniority system, merit-based system, or based on legitimate bona fide factors other than a protected class, such as quantity and quality of production, etc. The law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for discussing rates of compensation and other issues.

There are significant financial penalties for failing to comply with the Act. It’s important to understand what’s at risk and how to avoid unintentionally running afoul of the law. If you are a business owner/employer in New Jersey, remember that you must comply with the Act when making decision about your existing employees as well as when hiring new ones. If you are unsure about any issue related to pay equity, you should consult with a trusted employment attorney who can protect you from potential liability.

For questions, contact Susan Hodges at
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Legislative Work
On October 13, Governor Phil Murphy announced his administration will utilize more than $700 million of American Rescue Plan funding allocated to Human Services to help parents pay for child care, provide bonus pay to child care workers, and distribute grants and increase support for child care providers.

The initiative will help eligible families by covering the additional amount they may owe for fees or the difference between what the state pays and the provider charges. This assistance began in September and is now extended to December 2023. These additional payments provide up to $300 for full-time care, or $150 for part-time care, per eligible child, per month on top of the child care assistance rate paid by the state on behalf of the family. Read more>>
New Jersey businesses can start preparing now for implementation of a new law, which takes effect May 4, 2022, and ends the use of single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service products at retail stores and food service businesses. The use of single-use paper carryout bags will also be prohibited at grocery stores equal to or larger 2,500 square feet. Plastic straws will be limited to by-customer-request-only beginning Nov. 4, 2021. The NJ Business Action Center, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, and the NJ Clean Communities Council are working together to help communities and 
businesses understand and comply with the law. An explanation of the law, a discussion of frequently asked questions, and an easy-to-read chart explaining what businesses are affected and how to comply are available at  


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.

Ambassador Tip
"The Chamber is a great tool for expanding your reach and building valuable relationships. But like any other tool, it’s how we use it that makes the difference. Be genuine and present when you approach others. Take more time learning about the needs of others rather than sharing yours. Relationships are far more valuable than “contacts” however, they take time and effort to build. Although we are members of the Chamber for the purpose of advancing our business, it is the personal connections that bring the greatest gratification and professional growth."

Time To Flourish
Resource Center
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is offering discounted offshore wind supply chain training programs for all New Jersey-based businesses and individuals who are interested in entering the rapidly growing offshore wind energy industry. Small, woman-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned businesses (SMWVBEs) are especially encouraged to participate. Read more>>
On October 6, Governor Phil Murphy announced that an additional $10.2 million in support has been allocated to the Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance Grant Program (SBL-EAGP). The additional funding will be used to provide grants up to $10,000 to businesses currently in the pipeline for the program. Read more>>

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