Updated August 18th, 2017.
PAID SICK LEAVE
We oppose the current legislation in the Assembly and Senate. We support the New Brunswick Ordinance as a model for state law. The ordinance allows for employees to take time off when they need it for personal health reasons or to take care of a family member. It also allows for businesses to sustain daily operations. We also support state pre-emption, which helps multi-unit operators who operate in more than one municipality.
We oppose legislation that would automatically increase the minimum wage to $15.00. We support a slow increase over several years while including a minors’ wage, seasonal wage, and training wage. We also oppose any change in the tipped wage, since employees are guaranteed to make minimum wage.
We oppose any kind of mandated scheduling law, as do our employees. This would prohibit employers from allowing the flexible work schedule desired by many hospitality employees. Many New Jersey businesses are seasonal and weather-dependent. This type of scheduling law is unrealistic and compliance would be impossible for businesses.
LIQUOR LICENSE REFORM
We oppose any legislation that does not acknowledge the investment of current license holders. Additionally, we oppose any expansive legislation that floods the market with new licensees. We do support real compensation to existing licensees. We support legislation that would force utilization of pocket licenses that have been dormant and aren’t in compliance with ABC regulations.
AIRBNB REGULATIONS AND TAX FAIRNESS
We support legislation that would subject all companies offering lodging accommodations to the same sales and lodging taxes incurred by traditional lodging establishments in the hotel and motel industry. This includes Airbnb and any similar companies.
We oppose legislation that allows for public and dual consumption. We support ABC oversight of the marijuana industry, given that the agency already has the experience and knowledge required to regulate a controlled substance. Any violations by a marijuana license holder should involve the same fines and penalties pertaining to the alcohol industry. We support municipalities’ own control over whether marijuana businesses are permitted and how many licenses are available.
We support comprehensive and responsible immigration reform including a workable employee verification system, worker and visa programs, and an earned path to permanent residence for certain immigrants.
WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT
We support a permanent extension of WOTC. The WOTC is currently extended through 2019 and promotes the hiring of individuals who qualify as a members of target groups, and provides a federal tax credit to employers who hire these individuals.