Economic Recovery & Reopening Update: 1/11/2022

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
 
NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
 
 
January 10, 2022
 
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
 
INSIDE TODAY'S UPDATE
 
  • U.S. Supreme Court is skeptical of Biden’s workplace vaccine rule.
 
  • N.J. Chamber: 'Increase state money for workplace training and bonuses to newly hired workers.'
 
  • New Jersey scraps 'under the hood' testing to attract more school bus drivers.
 
U.S. Supreme Court is Skeptical of Biden’s Workplace Vaccine Rule
The Supreme Court’s majority seemed skeptical of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-testing mandate on companies with 100 or more employees. The court, during arguments on Friday, seemed more open to a separate vaccine mandate for most health care workers. The outcome at the high court probably will determine the fate of vaccine requirements affecting more than 80 million people. (The Associated Press)
 
N.J. Chamber: 'Increase State Money for Workplace Training and Bonuses to Newly Hired Workers'
N.J. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Bracken: To address the labor shortage, the Murphy administration should consider sweetening its Return and Earn program. Companies participating in that program get workplace training money from the state and newly hired workers get a bonus of a few hundred dollars. (NJ Business Beats on NJ PBS)
 
New Jersey Scraps 'Under the Hood' Testing to Attract More School Bus Drivers
Wannabe school bus drivers in New Jersey, for at least the next couple of months, won't have to be mechanical experts in order to secure a license. To alleviate a shortage of school bus drivers nationwide, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is allowing states to waive the portion of the licensing process that asks applicants to identify "under the hood" engine parts. Through March, New Jersey applicants for school bus driver licensing will be able to skip that part of the exam, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission said. Applicants will still be required to pass all of the safety elements of the exam. (New Jersey 101.5)
 
N.J. Prisons Deal with Staff Shortages and Inmate Restrictions as COVID-19 Spreads Anew
About 1,600 of the 7,300 staffers with the state Department of Corrections were out because of COVID-19 in December, and 450 tested positive the first week of the year, the state Department of Corrections reported. More than 6,700 inmates have tested positive since the pandemic started, with 28% – almost 1,900 inmates – occurring since the omicron surge started last month, according to department data. (New Jersey Monitor)
 
An Edge for You and Your Company: The Best of NJ ChamberEdge
To celebrate the resourcefulness of business people everywhere, here are the most well-read NJ ChamberEdge articles of 2021. They are chock full of innovative insights and tips from seasoned New Jersey business executives designed to give N.J. Chamber members a leg up. (N.J. Chamber of Commerce)
 
The N.J. Chamber's Walk to Washington is Cancelled — to be Recast as 'ReNew Jersey Business Summit' in Atlantic City
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced that its Walk to Washington networking train trip will be recast as the ReNew Jersey Business Summit, to be held April 13-14 at Borgata in Atlantic City, due to lingering concerns about COVID-19. The announcement marks the second consecutive year that the Walk to Washington, the state’s largest business networking event, has been canceled due to the pandemic. Chamber officials said they intend to resume the annual train trip in 2023. (ROI-NJ)
 
Looking to Get Vaccinated? Here's an Easy Way to Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You.
Just punch in your area code. You can even search for a specific vaccine. (vaccines.gov)
 
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Business Resources
 
 
 
State & Federal Financial Assistance (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
 
Reopening Playbook for Employers (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
 
Vaccine Guide for Businesses (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
 
 
 
Jobs and Hiring Portal Job Seekers | Employers (State of N.J.)
 
 
Guide to Starting a Business in N.J. (New Jersey Business Action Center)
 
The Best Tool for Your Business - Membership in the N.J. Chamber
 
The N.J. Chamber provides members with guest speakers, webinars, networking opportunities and discount programs that help businesses grow. The N.J. Chamber also advocates for pro-growth and pro-business legislation.
 
 
N.J. Coronavirus Cases
 
 
Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 26,625
 
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 1,612,516
 
Fully Vaccinated People in N.J.: 6,477,877
 
 
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