Business Report: Employment bills, Newark Penn Station renovation, cannabis careers

New bills aim to provide financial incentive for hiring unemployed workers and employment for people with disabilities

Two bills focused on getting people back to work cleared the Senate Labor Committee Tuesday. One of the bills aims to give small companies a financial incentive for hiring a worker who is currently unemployed. Known as the New Jobs for New Jersey Act, the bill would provide tax credits to those smaller companies who offer full-time employment to someone currently collecting unemployment benefits. Another bill focuses on employment for people with disabilities. This legislation sets up a task force to study unemployment and underemployment for New Jersey residents with disabilities.

Newark Penn Station is about to get a facelift. The Murphy administration says the state will provide $190 million for renovation work at the station. At a news conference, Gov. Phil Murphy said the train station plays an important role in Newark’s economy. Some of the work will begin right away, but the planned upgrades will take a few years to complete.

As the state paves the way for a new recreational marijuana industry, what kind of jobs will become available? An event that starts Dec. 9 will provide some insight. Stockton University is partnering with two cannabis associations to put on a virtual cannabis career fair. Some of the companies taking part are looking to fill positions.

In Washington, talks continue on a COVID-19 relief bill, with lawmakers saying Tuesday that they hope to get a deal done by the end of the month. One point of disagreement is whether or not to send another round of stimulus checks.

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