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OPINION: Too much of a good thing

Young Woman Working at Home, Small Office

After a year of economic turbulence throughout New Jersey, the state is stepping away from its normally rational approach to paid leave policy. State lawmakers are considering a new paid sick leave bill, Senate Bill 3827, that would create redundant benefits to which employees already have access while placing the unfunded costs of this unnecessary mandate directly on New Jersey businesses. By Aliya Robinson, senior vice president of retirement and compensation policy at The ERISA Industry Committee.

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Purposeful pivot

A rendering of the future Hersh Children’s Center, adjacent to the new entrance to the redesigned emergency department entrance at Overlook. - ATLANTIC HEALTH

Timing is everything, the saying goes. At Overlook Medical Center, the timing of recent events coinciding with a plan to transform the facility opened the window for hospital leaders to be better prepared for health care in a post-COVID world.

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A new playbook

Bob Garrett at the opening of The Retreat at Ramapo in Feburary 2021. - HMH

There’s a pandemic within the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey and across the nation, writes Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Robert Garrett in this week's issue of NJBIZ, a record increase in fatal overdoses and a growing number of people struggling with mental illness and addiction. As health care providers, we need to approach this crisis with urgency and commit to expanding access to care, better coordinating care and innovating treatment.

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OPINION: Closer to home

Smiling woman with cancer hugging mother, hope and togetherness, remission

Together Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health continue to expand exceptional cancer care and research with the recent groundbreaking of the 510,000-square-foot, 12-floor Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center, the state’s first freestanding cancer hospital. By, Dr. Steven K. Libutti.

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Aging positively

Older could rides into golden years on bicycles

The concept of aging positively means knowing that you, your family and your wealth is protected. It refers to the idea that seniors should be able to enjoy their golden years without the worries and concerns that often come with aging. By Curcio Mirzaian Sirot LLC partner Jason E. Marx.

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Here to stay

Text sign showing Aca Affordable Care Act. Business photo text providing cheap treatment to patient several places White pc keyboard with empty note paper above white background key copy space

On June 17, The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the ACA in California v. Texas. The Court’s 7-2 decision concluded that the plaintiffs did not have standing to litigate the constitutionality of the law. In this week's Closing Entry, Corporate Synergies General Counsel and Senior Vice President Daniel Kuperstein writes about what that means for employers.

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It’s not easy being green (access required)

An employee working at an Atlantic City Electric substation in Atlantic County. - ATLANTIC CITY ELECTRIC

The number of solar, wind and other clean energy projects is rising across the state, but weaknesses in existing utility grid connections could crimp New Jersey’s ability to utilize renewable, or green power.

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Still powerful (access required)

Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. - NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY AUTHORITY

Facing resistance to his original $2.25 trillion infrastructure proposal, President Joe Biden appears to be closer to achieving a bipartisan compromise on a less-costly $1.2 trillion deal. While lopping nearly 50% off the total funding, the wide-ranging proposal still directs federal money to clean transportation and clean energy initiatives, in addition to lead pipe replacement and other cleanup efforts that a June 24 White House news release says will create more union and other jobs. If it passes, New Jersey could benefit, according to some insiders.

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Red light? (updated) (access required)

Dotcom Distribution Warehouse- DOTCOM DISTRIBUTION

The relentless rise of e-commerce — spurred in part by widespread COVID-19 lockdowns — has been a bonanza for New Jersey, thanks to demand for warehousing space and so-called last-mile delivery services. But at the same time, energy prices have hit a gusher, leading to concerns about a stall in the demand for New Jersey’s warehousing and distribution services.

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