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July 7, 2021
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Our next highly anticipated webinar is less than a week away! Please take a moment to sign up for our next webinar with the NJ CyberSecurity & Communications Integration Cell on Cybersecurity in our industries. In the past few years we have been made aware of several of our members who have been hacked and had to pay hefty ransoms. Because this problem is only increasing in frequency which is resulting in growing national attention, we want to bring more information to you on how you can be protecting yourselves. You may think that this only happens to big businesses, like the pipeline we saw in the news. However, hacking happens much more frequently at small businesses as they often lack the security measures larger businesses employ. We're not doing this because of the pipeline, we're doing this because it is our duty to inform and help protect you. Register today HERE.



In June, the Legislature passed and the governor signed legislation aimed at bringing to an end most of the emergency rules the governor put in place in response to COVID-19. Most of these rules he had already chosen to roll back in the Spring, including the masking and social distancing requirements for public spaces. Several employment ones remained in effect, however. These included most of the requirements of Executive Order 192, which required employees to be provided time for handwashing and be asked to fill out daily health checks, for customers to be provided hand sanitizer, and a variety of other requirements. He also required employers to ensure that unvaccinated employees wear masks whenever they were within 6 feet of another employee outside a public place. All of these mandates automatically expired on July 4th. We will continue to monitor if either the federal government or the Murphy Administration decides to bring some or all of these rules back in the future, particularly if there is a spike in cases in the winter. At the start of the pandemic, the Legislature passed a law preventing retailers from accepting customers' returns of food, cleaning materials, and other household goods. This was out of fear that the returned goods could be contaminated with coronavirus. On July 2nd the Governor signed a repeal of that prohibition effective immediately.



Time is running out, deadline to submit applications is next week! For our members with college-aged children or employees with college age children, take advantage of the scholarship money available! We are able to bring the scholarship to your attention thanks to the generosity of the Utica Insurance Company that insures many of our members through the Amato Agency for business liability, as well as the NJGCA Board of Directors that approved a matching amount. Applicants can be a child of a member, employee of a member, or a child of an employee of the member.  The scholarship is limited to one application per membership. You as the business owner and member get to choose the applicant to be submitted. However, to be clear, each membership is only permitted to submit ONE application. There is a total of $10,000 in scholarship money to be distributed. The $5,000 contribution from Utica Insurance must be used for a student who is attending an automotive technical trade school. The NJGCA contribution of $5,000 can be used for a student attending any college, university, or trade school. If you have questions, email michelle@njgca.org.

Our online application is live! Just click HERE to complete the form. Applications must include the requested transcripts. If you are submitting an online application, please be sure to also submit transcripts before the deadline. Applications must be postmarked or submitted before the application deadline of July 13, 2021, and must be received at NJGCA Headquarters by July 19th, 2021 if sent via mail. Click HERE to view the PRINT application or click HERE to complete the online application.




It is so important now that things are picking up again from the pandemic that you make sure you have a Class C Operator on site at all times! 


Who is considered a Class C Operator? Anyone and everyone working at your location! This program is not only designed to teach the basics of Underground Storage Tanks, but also what to do in the event of an emergency, safety precautions around hazardous substances, what to do if there is a spill, understanding alarms, and more!


We made this as easy as possible for both you and the trainee: we provide all of the proof of training documents you need in order to be in compliance with DEP, send you a certificate of completion after passing our training, and archive all records.


Be sure to follow directions closely. You will need to register your location first and purchase the test for each employee you wish to certify, then make sure to pass the relevant information on to your employees to take the training and test.


Click HERE to access the registration site and get your location in compliance today! 




Be Well -  

Sal Risalvato
Executive Director




  Training Class Schedule  

All classes held at NJGCA HQ -- 4900 Route 33 West, Wall Township, NJ 07753

Contact Nick De Palma at Nick@njgca.org to inquire about potential trainings and class dates



  News Around The State  


Opinion: Private Investment in EV Charging is a Must

Negotiations are ramping up between Republicans and the White House as both sides work to reach a bipartisan agreement on an infrastructure package that has the potential to revitalize America's aging transportation system and drastically reduce the sector's fossil fuel reliance. While the White House meets with Republican leadership, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, led by Congressman Frank Pallone, has been holding hearings to consider a slate of bills aiming to champion electric vehicles, a key pillar of the White House's infrastructure agenda. . . But one of the biggest concerns surrounding the transition to electric vehicles revolves around the current lack of charging stations. According to the Department of Energy, at the moment there are less than 42,000 charging stations nationwide, with barely 5,000 of these being fast chargers. For reference, this is less than a third of the 136,000 gas stations located across the country. 



Biden Is Preparing An Executive Order Targeting Noncompete Clauses For Workers

President Biden will push federal regulators to crack down on noncompete clauses, occupational licensing requirements and other measures that administration officials say hurt workers' ability to pursue better jobs, as part of a broad executive order meant to bolster competition across the economy. The efforts to increase competition in the labor market, according to a person familiar with them, will be detailed in an order issued in the coming days. The order will encourage the Federal Trade Commission to ban or limit noncompete agreements, which employers have increasingly used in recent years to try to inhibit their workers' ability to quit for a better job. It encourages the commission to also ban "unnecessary" occupational licensing restrictions, which can restrict workers' ability to find new work, especially across state lines. And it encourages both the commission and the Justice Department to further restrict the ability of employers to share information on worker pay in ways that might amount to collusion. More broadly, the executive order encourages antitrust regulators to consider the ways that mergers might contribute to monopsonies, or industries in which workers have few choices of where to work and therefore lack leverage to negotiate higher wages or better benefits.


E15 Year-Round Sales Rule Nixed by U.S. Appeal Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last week struck down a Trump-era rule that allowed for year-round sales of E15, saying the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exceeded its authority by lifting summertime restrictions on the sale of E15, reports Reuters. In 2019, the EPA extended a waiver permitting 15% ethanol fuel blend to be sold all year. According to the court, the EPA exceeded its authority in that rule when it said E15 qualified for an emissions waiver for E10, fuel blends "containing" 10% ethanol. The court said that statutory language was clearly intended for 10% ethanol gasoline, reports ArgusMedia.com.



Rising Oil and Gas Prices Add to U.S. Economic Challenges

As the U.S. economy struggles to emerge from its pandemic-induced hibernation, consumers and businesses have encountered product shortages, hiring difficulties and often conflicting public health guidance, among other challenges. Now the recovery faces a more familiar foe: rising oil and gasoline prices. West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. oil-price benchmark, hit $76.98 a barrel on Tuesday, its highest level in six years, as OPEC, Russia and their allies again failed to agree on production increases. Prices moderated later in the day but remained nearly $10 a barrel higher than in mid-May. Reflecting the increase in crude prices, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the United States has risen to $3.13, according to AAA, up from $3.05 a month ago. A year ago, as the coronavirus kept people home, gas cost just $2.18 a gallon on average. The auto club said on Tuesday that it expected prices to increase another 10 to 20 cents through the end of August.


NJ Gas Prices Remain High, Possible Spot Shortages Loom [video]

NJ gasoline prices - now at a seven-year high - show no signs of easing over the coming months. That's apparently causing some businesses to pull back on travel, even as the economy strives to recover from the pandemic. While overall gas supplies look stable, depending on how much crude OPEC decides to produce this year, analysts do predict some pumps could go dry temporarily in less centrally located areas. The reason? Labor shortages - like a lack of gas truck drivers who deliver fuel to service stations.



South Jersey Refinery Says Cost-mandated Fuel Credits Threaten Its Survival

New Jersey lawmakers waded into a long-running battle by independent oil refiners for reform of a federal mandate that the companies say is costing them millions of dollars and threatening their survival. Both the Senate and Assembly unanimously passed a resolution urging President Joe Biden and the Environmental Protection Agency to allow waivers to the Renewable Fuels Standard that would ease financial pressure on refiners such as Parsippany-based PBF Energy which employs about 225 people at a facility in Paulsboro.



NJ Mask Mandates Could Return: Here's What Murphy, Health Officials Say

Almost 5 million New Jersey residents are now completely vaccinated but another 246 confirmed COVID cases have been reported and hospitalizations have ticked up to 315 with 49 people now in intensive care. Health officials believe the reason why is the Delta variant circulating in the unvaccinated population, and Gov. Phil Murphy said it is possible masking mandates could return in the fall depending on what happens with the COVID metrics. . .Murphy said hopefully COVID infections and hospitalizations won't spike and force mandatory masking "but if we have to, we will."



Teen Workers Fill Job Shortage, But What Happens When Summer Fades?

As restrictions ease and customers return, workers with child care responsibilities or concern about Covid-19 have been hanging back - making room for an army of teen workers to fill labor shortage gaps this summer. More than 32 percent of teens have a summer job this year, the highest since 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is ticking up slowly, with 850,000 jobs added in June, beating expectations of 700,000. But hiring remains touch and go, and the unemployment rate notched up 0.1 percent to 5.9 percent.



  Energy Information Agency Weekly Retail Gasoline Prices  

Each week, the Energy Information Administration publishes a list of average gasoline prices for the previous three weeks. NJGCA will begin including this list with the Weekly Road Warrior. Remember, these prices are reflective of self-serve everywhere except NJ.




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