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Legislative Update - June 10

Wednesday, June 10, 2015   (0 Comments)
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A-1779, Removes Public Entities from Environmental LiabilityAssembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee passed. Prohibits an action against local public entities for damages associated with the discharge of a hazardous substance.

S-524/S1130, Prohibits Employer Credit Check. Senate Labor Committee passed.  Prohibits an employer from requiring a credit check on a current or prospective employee, unless the employer is required to do so by law, or reasonably believes that an employee has engaged in a specific activity that is financial in nature and constitutes a violation of law.

A-1347, Expansion of Worker's Compensation Benefits. Assembly Labor Committee passed. Awards worker's compensation benefits to a public safety worker if they are exposed to a serious disease, toxin, or pathogen. If the worker is found to have contracted a disease, there will be a rebuttable presumption that any injury, disability, illness or death caused by the malady is compensable under workers' compensation.

A-1342, Tax Exemption during Declared Emergency. Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee for discussion only. Exempts certain out-of-state businesses and employees from certain state and local taxes, fees, and business registration requirements when temporarily performing work or services in New Jersey during a declared disaster or emergency.

Assembly Budget Committee  

 

State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff delivered his revenue update before the Assembly Budget Committee. Treasurer Eristoff stated that revenues are $204 million higher than originally anticipated. Combined with a savings of $8 million, the Administration will use this additional $212 million towards the state's pension contribution at the close of June. While there is some growth this year, the Treasurer reported that the state's winter operations will cost $58 million. The State Treasurer stated that employer withholding (the largest single component of the gross income tax) will grow at 5.5%.


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