The week began with a flurry of legislative committee meetings in Trenton, including the Assembly Labor committee which cleared a bill which would penalize any company that transfers its call centers overseas by disqualifying it from any tax credits or grants (A3775). The Committee also cleared a bill which would require any contractor which privatizes a state service to justify cost savings to the State and to pay its employees the equivalent of what the state agency workers would be paid (including benefits) (A998) CIANJ opposed both bills. Another bill which would allow collective bargaining units to petition the State of New Jersey to develop alternative workers’ compensation programs was held by the Chair of the Committee, Assemblyman Joseph Egan (A3423). On the positive side, the Committee cleared A3675, which eliminates the 10% surcharge on employer unemployment insurance taxes.
On Monday, Senate Committees will be in action, including a hearing on whether the State should monitor and weigh in on the recent trend of non-profit hospitals converting to for profit hospitals . To view a listing of the Committee meetings and bills, please click here http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/default.asp.