IN ACTION ON HEALTHCARE Stopping Excessive Workplace Mandates New Jersey businesses are among the most heavily regulated in the nation, in large part due to the number of workplace mandates imposed on them. NJBIA actively opposes excessive workplace mandates because they take up so much time and paperwork, and ultimately increase the cost of doing business. The economy fares better when businesses can manage their workplaces in a way that makes sense for them and their employees. Simplify workplace laws. The goals of many workplace mandates can be achieved without excessive bureaucracy and paperwork. NJBIA has successfully found alternatives to proposed mandates to make them easier to implement. The original “Ban the Box” bill, for instance, would have prohibited employers from conducting a criminal background check until after a conditional job offer and allowed those with criminal backgrounds to sue if they didn’t get hired. At NJBIA’s urging, the bill was changed to permit background checks after an initial interview and to ensure that any complaints would be handled administratively. Paid sick leave. No issue better illustrates the problem with workplace mandates. Little would be gained, since most businesses already offer some form of paid sick leave. If it does become law, however, most businesses would have to change their policies to comply with the one-size-fits-all program and keep detailed confidential records that can be demanded by the state at any time. What’s more, municipalities are adopting their own rules, creating a regulatory nightmare for businesses that operate in more than one city. $15 minimum wage. NJBIA is leading the fight against raising New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. It would be the highest minimum wage of any state in the nation, with the next highest (California) at $10 per hour. The economic impact of such a proposal would fall hardest on the smaller “Main Street” businesses that are the bedrock of our economy, and cost New Jersey jobs and economic investment. Protecting employers’ rights. Businesses need to know whom they hire. A new employee is a tremendous investment, and employers have a right to information on an individual’s background, especially if it could endanger them, their customers, or their existing employees. In the last session, NJBIA prevented a new law prohibiting credit checks on new employees, and will work to negotiate the best resolution on any credit check legislation this session. Cybersecurity. NJBIA wants to make New Jersey a leader in cybersecurity, and will be supporting legislation to create a 13-member Cybersecurity Commission within the Attorney General’s office. FAST FACTS 49th: New Jersey’s rank for government policies supporting entrepreneurship and investment. — Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council $1,126: Average weekly wages paid by New Jersey businesses. (5th highest in the nation) — Bureau of Labor Statistics 70%: NJBIA member companies that voluntarily provide paid sick leave. $10: Average cost per hour worked of employee benefits, representing 31% of total compensation. — US Bureau of Labor Statistics
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