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Uber app on phone.
May 5, 2021

Biden team blocks Trump gig worker rule

The directive made it easier for companies like Uber and Lyft to classify workers as independent contractors, and made it more difficult for workers at app-based companies to be counted as employees under federal law, exempting them from minimum wage and overtime laws.

Construction Worker at Site
May 5, 2021

NJ to assess workers’ rights, safety coming out of pandemic

The Future of Work Accelerator will aim to identify ongoing and proposed efforts to improve job quality and economic security, provide connections to critical resources, and prepare companies to launch or scale up.

May 4, 2021

NJ Transit offering free rides to get COVID vaccine

The VAXRIDE promotion offers residents up to two free round trips to their appointments as the state aims to fully vaccinate 4.7 million adults by June 30.

May 4, 2021

NJ-Israel trade grows to $1.3B in 2020, despite COVID

Data jointly compiled by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and New Jersey Business Action Center show exports to New Jersey from Israel increased 11.5%, according to the commission, with trade volume hitting $1 billion in 2020 for the first time since 2014.

Gov. Phil Murphy holds his daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on June 11, 2020.
May 4, 2021

Murphy: Despite reopenings, a ‘fair amount’ still restricted

“Some of it’s in the fed's hands and some of it is in our hands," the governor said. "The 6-foot distance is still very much out there, we do have capacity restrictions on the inside, at a catered event, at large-seated venues.”

Bolero Snort beers
May 3, 2021

Get a vaccine, win a free beer

Under a program done in coordination with the Brewers Guild of New Jersey, adults over 21 years of age can take their COVID-19 vaccination proof to any of the state's participating breweries for a free pint.

May 3, 2021

NJ to lift most COVID business restrictions beginning Friday (updated)

Masks will still be required, but restaurants, museums, movie theaters, retail outlets and other businesses will be allowed to operate at full capacity, as long as they can maintain 6-foot social distancing. For many enterprises with smaller square-footage, full capacity could be unlikely.

President Joe Biden at Amtrak's 50th anniversary celebration in Philadelphia on April 30, 2021.
May 3, 2021

In Philadelphia, Biden highlights need for ‘critical jobs’ like Hudson River tunnel

The president's $1.9 trillion infrastructure plan has been characterized as the largest federal economic intervention since President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal nearly a century ago, and could be what the nation needs to kick-start the post-COVID economy recovery.

Eric LeGrand at the future site of his Coffee House with Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Caroline Ehrlich. -JEFFREY AUGER
May 3, 2021

Homecoming

The next chapter of Eric LeGrand’s remarkable story is set where it all began, in his hometown of Woodbridge. And in a come-full-circle moment, it takes place in the neighborhood where he lived the first few years of his life, where the former Rutgers University football star is planning to open LeGrand Coffee House downtown later this year.

Apr 30, 2021

Amtrak chair says transit agency ‘lucky’ with Biden’s infrastructure focus

NJBIZ spoke with Tony Coscia on the 50th anniversary of the rail service's founding for a glimpse of its future under the president's new plan.

Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy receive the first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine on April 9, 2021
Apr 30, 2021

Murphy promises more reopenings next week as 3M in NJ get fully vaccinated

The governor teased an impending, more “accelerated” reversal of COVID restrictions as the state ramps up its inoculation efforts and key metrics, like daily cases and hospitalizations, are brought under control.

Bally's Atlantic City.
Apr 30, 2021

Atlantic City leaders press Gov for event, conference reopenings as COVID wanes

“It’s now more important than ever that we ease indoor capacity restrictions to allow our properties to resume indoor meetings and conferences,” the Casino Association of New Jersey said.