Senate committee advances Dancer bill protecting small businesses from costly fines for paperwork errors

Senate committee advances Dancer bill protecting small businesses from costly fines for paperwork errors

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – The Senate Commerce Committee cleared Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill (A1677) suspending fines for small businesses that commit first-time paperwork mistakes.

“The state has a reputation for being one of the worst places to do business and small employers are struggling every day to survive,” 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.”

Fines will not be suspended if the paperwork error harms or endangers the public, interferes with the detection of criminal activity, impacts the collection of a tax, debt or revenue, or if it is not corrected within six months.

“Nearly half of New Jersey’s private workforce is employed by small businesses,” said Dancer. “We need to do everything we can to help small businesses fighting to stay ahead in an over-regulated environment.”

The bill defines a small business as those with 50 or fewer employees.

The Assembly unanimously passed the bill in June. The Senate needs to vote on it before it goes to the governor’s desk.