Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 4.30.2020

Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020

Today's News for New Jersey Business:
Unemployment claims exceed 1 million in New Jersey. Gov. Murphy meets with Trump at White House. The new rules for parks and golf courses.

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An intelligence briefing for N.J. Chamber of Commerce members on how coronavirus is impacting your business, the economy and health in New Jersey.

Breaking News - The number of unemployment claims for the year has exceeded 1 million, a 524 percent jump from a year ago, the state Labor Department announced this morning. Nearly 622,000 people who have been laid off, furloughed or had their hours cut are now collecting unemployment, the Department reported.

Gov. Murphy Goes to Washington - Gov. Phil Murphy was scheduled to meet with President Trump at the White House in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. The Democratic governor tweeted Wednesday night that he plans to discuss expanding COVID-19 testing and securing federal financial aid for states. (nj.com)

Everybody Wants Something - Gov. Murphy is taking heat even as New Jersey edges toward a cautious reopening. State and county parks are slated to partially open this weekend, but many business leaders want the state to move faster on reopening the economy and many educators want to keep schools closed. (NJ Spotlight)

Play Nice - When parks and golf courses open at dawn on Saturday, Murphy said police will be closely watching to make sure people observe the social distancing requirements to keep them open. Murphy warned he could order the parks closed again. (nj.com)

The New Abnormal - In the parks, there can be no picnics or playing on the playgrounds. On the golf courses, there can be no more than one person per cart (with some exceptions) and tee times must be 16 minutes apart. Read all the new rules here.

Layoffs Law - New Jersey’s push to become the first state to require large companies to pay their workers severance whenever there are mass layoffs has been put on hold temporarily because of mandatory COVID-19 shutdowns. (NJ Spotlight)

Join Us for a Webinar with the Assembly Speaker on Wednesday, May 6 - Join the N.J. Chamber of Commerce and NJBIA as Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin shares his views on the New Jersey business community and the COVID-19 crisis. He will also take questions from the audience. To register, click here.

Unemployment Checks for the Self-Employed - Freelancers and self-employed people who’ve waited weeks for unemployment benefits under a federal expansion program will see their first check come through in the next week, the state labor department announced. (NJBIZ)

The Front Lines - ‘The battle against COVID right now’ is in nursing homes, officials say, as New Jersey reports more than 3,200 deaths in long-term care facilities. (nj.com)

Testing Remains Limited - To identify ‘hot spots,’ two new COVID-19 testing sites opened in Camden city, but with a limited supply of tests, those deemed asymptomatic are turned away. (NJTV)

Explainer on COVID-19 Testing - Here is a report on the variety of tests being put into service to help stem the coronavirus pandemic and save lives. (NJ Spotlight)

Credit Crunch - The possibility that New Jersey will reduce or delay annual pension contributions has caused the credit rating agency S&P Global to drop the state’s credit outlook from A stable to A negative. (NJBIZ)

Electronic Petitions - Gov. Murphy signed an order allowing county and municipal clerks to accept initiative and referendum petitions electronically, and allowing signatures for these petitions to be collected electronically.

Get Counted - New Jersey residents can respond to the 2020 Census to help ensure the state gets its fair share of federal funding, including money for hospitals and first responders.


N.J. Coronavirus Cases - New Jersey Residents
(Source: N.J. Health Department)

Total Deaths Reported: 6,770, up from 6,442 the previous day.

Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 116,264, up from 113,856 the previous day.

For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.


Resources

The N.J. Chamber of Commerce webinar with Neil Bradley, chief policy officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, provides valuable details on the federal loan programs designed to help businesses navigate the pandemic.(April 23)

The N.J. Chamber of Commerce webinar with state Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo provides vital information on the state unemployment insurance program and tips for applying. (April 16)

The N.J. Chamber of Commerce webinar with Al Titone, SBA district director of New Jersey provides vital information on SBA coronavirus relief loan programs. (April 14).

For information on applying for a Paycheck Protection Program loan, click here.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Survival Guide has a complete listing of all of the coronavirus resources for small businesses.

The N.J. Economic Development Authority is offering assistance programs for New Jersey businesses. Information and applications can be found here.

The IRS posted information on 'stimulus checks' here.

The state's jobs and hiring portal matches employers and candidates.
For employers to participate, click here.

New Jersey's website for information on all of the state's business resources during the pandemic.

New Jersey's website for up-to-date information about COVID-19.

Have Questions about the Status of an Unemployment Claim? - You can send a message to the state Labor Department through its website – www.myunemployment.nj.gov. Then follow these instructions:

· On the top of the page, scroll to the right for “Need Help” and unveil the drop-down menu
· Choose Send an Email
· Choose Email: Submit a message through the new online form.
· Follow the prompts


To report a scammer or suspected price gouging, alert the N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6240 or at http://njconsumeraffairs.gov.

The state set up a 24-hour hotline where health care professionals are answering questions about coronavirus. The toll-free number is 1-800-222-1222. From outside the state, call 1-800-962-1253.

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is staying on top of Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments. For news media requests, please email Scott Goldstein.