New Jersey is the Latest State To Limit Employers’ Ability To Ask If Job Applicant Has Criminal Record


Beginning March 1, 2015 New Jersey’s version of the “ban the box” law will be implemented. This will applies to all employers, public and private, that employ 15 or more employees over 20 calendar weeks. The “ban the box” law was first brought about on August 11, 2014, this was when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed the “Opportunity to Compete Act,” Bill 1999 (hereafter the “Act”), into law.  The Act limits the ability of covered New Jersey employers to inquire into a job applicant’s criminal record.

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