Guide To The New Paid Sick Leave Law, effective October 29, 2018

GUIDE TO THE NEW PAID SICK LEAVE LAW Assembly Bill No. 1827, concerning earned sick leave for employees, was recently signed into law and goes into effect October 29, 2018. General Information: Sick leave applies to all workers, full- and part- time, employed in the State of New Jersey, with the exception of: construction workers under contract pursuant to collective bargaining: per diem healthcare employees; or public employees already provided with sick leave. Beginning on October 29, 2018, or on the date that the employee is hired (whichever occurs later) employee earns one (1) hour os sick leave for every 30 hours of work. Sick leave must be paid at the same rate and with the same benefits that the employee normally earns. The pay rate shall not be less than minimum wage. Employees can use sick leave after 120 calendar days from start of their employment. Employees can earn up to 40 hours over a 12-month consecutive period, also known as benefit year. Employers cannot require the employee using sick leave to find a replacement to cover the hours that they are using sick leave. To learn more: State Chamber Paid Sick Leave Guide (1)

By | 2018-09-14T15:29:02+00:00 September 14th, 2018|Business Advice, Chamber News, Featured|2 Comments

  Greater Toms River Chamber Names New President/CEO

Karen Hershey chosen to lead the Chamber. The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce has named Karen Hershey as the Chamber’s new President/ CEO, effective August 6, 2018.  Karen Hershey replaces Noelle Carino who left the Chamber after leading the organization for three years. As President/CEO, Hershey will oversee the Chamber’s operations as well as work with staff to ensure that Chamber programs and services provide the highest degree of value and benefits to its members.   “I am honored to have been selected for this position,” said Hershey.  “The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce has steadfastly served the Toms River business community for 100 years, and I am humbled and excited to lead the Chamber as we begin this new chapter. My immediate goal is to ensure that the services we provide to our members will enable them to succeed and prosper.  I am also looking forward to strengthening our existing partnerships and building new ones with local coalitions, governments and non-profit organizations to promote a strong local economy and support the community.” Before joining the Chamber, Hershey served as Executive Director of New Jersey’s Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board, where she was responsible for managing the organization’s

By | 2018-08-09T22:11:49+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Chamber News, Featured|Comments Off on   Greater Toms River Chamber Names New President/CEO

A Commerce Wish List on Minimum Wage Issue

Higher minimum wage is coming; the question is how gradually it will be phased in, and whether some seashore tourism businesses will be exempted, commerce leaders said at a recent seminar. From the national and state chambers of commerce, area businesses heard the latest on that and other upcoming policies that will potentially impact small businesses. Thomas M. Sullivan, vice president of Small Business Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Thomas Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, spoke at the luncheon held by the Ocean County Commerce Coalition and sponsored by TD Bank. A delegation from the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce was at the event, held in Toms River. “We have a governor who campaigned heavily on a $15 minimum wage,” Bracken began. “I don’t want to speak for the room, but I think it probably scares the majority of folks sitting in this room who look at their business models and say, ‘What do I do with a $15 minimum wage, and how am I going to have to raise prices or who am I going to have to lay off?’ “Minimum wage is going to change; there is no two ways about it,” he

By | 2018-03-07T13:43:14+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Business Advice, Chamber News|Comments Off on A Commerce Wish List on Minimum Wage Issue

Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee’s Statement on Federal Tax Reform

If you are following the news in recent weeks, there is no doubt that you have heard details outlining the pending tax reform legislation. The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce business community supports tax reform, but we cannot support the proposed legislation in its current form.   While the proposal may result in a net positive for the Country, that would not be the case at the State-level for people of New Jersey. Some of the direct downsides of the proposed legislation include the elimination of state and local tax deductions and limiting the property tax deduction to $10,000 (per the House GOP proposal - the Senate is looking for a plan that eliminates credits and deductions altogether).  Additionally, there are various business industries that would, specifically, be harmed by the proposed legislation including the healthcare and higher education sectors.   One of the largest, indirect, downsides of the proposed legislation is the continued, and potentially increased, outmigration that we are seeing  Outmigration results in the loss of jobs, economic activity, labor income, and household income.  Already staggering statistics put New Jersey near the top of the list for the highest, domestic, outmigration in the United States year after

By | 2017-12-11T22:45:41+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Business Advice, Chamber News, Featured|Comments Off on Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee’s Statement on Federal Tax Reform

“What SUP?” BBP Re-donates Funds to Texas Estuary Programs

Mary Judge, BBP Program Assistant, took the photo (right) of Jim Vasslides, BBP Program Scientist, as he paddled “SUP the River.” Karen Walzer, BBP Program Outreach Coordinator, snapped the pic (below) of a group of paddlers launching out into the “deep.” The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2nd Annual SUP the River 2017 Fundraiser on Sept 16 at the Toms River Country Club. A portion of the proceeds was originally earmarked to benefit the BBP. However, due to the catastrophic damages suffered by coastal Texas after Hurricane Harvey, BBP opted to forward these funds on to its sister National Estuary Programs, with $500 going to the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (Corpus Christi) and $500 to the Galveston Bay Estuary Program (Houston) to help with the massive recovery efforts.  (Estuary programs also generously contributed to BBP post-Hurricane Sandy.) “For the second year in a row, this event was blessed by great weather and an incredible turnout. What a fantastic way to kick-off National Estuaries Week on the Toms River, one of the major tributaries to the Barnegat Bay. Thanks to the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce for organizing such a great event. We appreciate the generous donation by BHI

By | 2017-10-24T19:39:29+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Chamber News, Events, Lifestyle|Comments Off on “What SUP?” BBP Re-donates Funds to Texas Estuary Programs


TOMS RIVER, NJ – The Ocean County College Foundation has named Kenneth J. Malagiere (Toms River) as Executive Director. He assumed the position on October 9, 2017. Mr. Malagiere formerly served on the Ocean County College Foundation Board of Trustees for seven years.   “I am so very humbled and excited to begin my new role as Executive Director for such an outstanding college foundation,” said Mr. Malagiere.   “The Ocean County College Foundation’s dedication to the College’s students and the community has had a meaningful and tangible impact on the entire region. As Executive Director, I will continue to live the mission of the Foundation, working with its Board members and our staff to grant scholarships to Ocean County College’s student body, encourage lifelong learning, and provide access to the tremendous opportunities offered on campus and abroad, proving Ocean County is a great place to live, work, and learn,” Mr. Malagiere added.   A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Mr. Malagiere attended Wroxton College in Oxfordshire, England in 2003, and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2005 with a degree in Political Science and International Studies.   Upon graduation, Mr. Malagiere departed from his field of study, forming the

By | 2017-10-18T14:01:08+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Chamber News, Featured|Comments Off on OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE FOUNDATION NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – KENNETH J. MALAGIERE

 The CLDDS Team, Navigating the Legal Waters of the Jersey Shore, is now one Member Stronger. 

The CLDDS Team, Navigating the Legal Waters of the Jersey Shore, is now one Member Stronger.   Toms River, NJ – Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle and Sacks is pleased to announce the newest addition to our diverse legal team, former Ocean County Superior Court Judge, Melanie Szuba Appleby, Esq. Ms. Appleby joins us as Of Counsel, with concentration on Real Estate Law. She is a welcome addition to the diverse areas of our practice and an essential part of the team approach followed by the attorneys here at CLDDS. Ms. Appleby  joins CLDDS with 17 years prior experience as an attorney in private practice and over five years of public service as an Ocean County Superior Court Judge, in the Chancery Division, Family Part, as well as in the Criminal Division. She was the first woman elected in Toms River as a Council Member-At-Large in the newly formed Mayor-Council form of government in 2007 and her service was recognized when she received the Governor Whitman Excellence in Public Service designation. She is a member of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, and has earned a Diplomate in New Jersey Municipal Law and has also held the designation of Fellow

By | 2017-10-04T14:41:12+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Chamber News, Featured|Comments Off on  The CLDDS Team, Navigating the Legal Waters of the Jersey Shore, is now one Member Stronger. 

NEA Big Read is coming to Toms River.

NEA Big Read is coming to Toms River. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), NEA Big Read is designed to “broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.” Toms River Regional Schools is one of 75 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a project between September 2017 and June 2018. The NEA presents NEA Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest. The district received a grant of $14,000 in support of its proposed program. Applicants were asked to choose from a diverse pool of 28 NEA-approved contemporary books, and design around it a relevant and impactful literacy program that includes book discussions, special events, and thematic projects. The district selected Station Eleven, a bestselling, post-apocalyptic novel by author Emily St. John Mandel. In the book, a flu pandemic creates chaos and loss for its central characters, who attempt to keep humanity alive through the arts. Through this lens, the district’s NEA Big Read will facilitate discussions and reflections on Superstorm Sandy and its effect on Toms River. The month-long program will take place throughout October 2017, five years to the month after the storm.

By | 2017-10-02T19:26:34+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Chamber News, Featured|Comments Off on NEA Big Read is coming to Toms River.

Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce To Award the District at Oct. 19 Ceremony

The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce has named the Toms River Regional School District its 2017 “Distinguished Organization of the Year.” In a notification letter to Superintendent David Healy, the Chamber wrote, “This honor is bestowed upon individuals and/or organizations which have shown community concern and demonstrated outstanding, unselfish service in single or multiple fields in the civic, social, legal, cultural, religious, educational, governmental, health, athletic or business life of the Greater Toms River area.” Strides made by the district in recent years have led to noticeable growth and a banner year in 2017. Career Academies opened at each of the three high schools this September. The district has established and enhanced numerous community partnerships to the benefit of students and families. Schools have won national recognition for character, technology, and performance. Grant awards have provided considerable amounts of alternative funding, raised the district’s profile in the arena of highly competitive applications and, most importantly, positively impacted student achievement. Negative factors such as dropout rates, suspension rates and chronic absenteeism have markedly dropped while student performance related to advanced placement participation and SAT scores have increased. Additionally, with the support of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce, Toms

By | 2017-09-26T19:33:08+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Chamber News, Events, Featured|Comments Off on Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce To Award the District at Oct. 19 Ceremony