TRENTON, N.J. – In the wake of coronavirus shutdowns and restrictions, the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee cleared Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill Wednesday protecting small businesses from costly fines for first-time paperwork mistakes.
“Before the coronavirus-related closures, nearly half of New Jersey’s private workforce was employed by small businesses. Now, our main street and mom and pop shops are just struggling to survive if they haven’t already folded. We should be doing all we can to help them succeed,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “There’s no need to hit them with fines for technical errors that don’t harm anyone. New Jersey should focus on growing the economy, not clobbering job creators for honest mistakes.”
Under the bill (A2226), fines would be suspended for businesses with 50 or fewer employees.
“Small businesses are part of the fabric of our communities,” said Dancer. “This is a commonsense bill that I hope will become law this time around.”
Last year, the Assembly passed Dancer’s bill 73 to 0, but the Senate failed to take action.