REMINDER : New Jersey Ban the Box Law Took Effect on March 1, 2015

March 3, 2015 | Bryan Barajas

bantheboxAs a reminder to New Jersey employers, the New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act, which took effect March 1, forbids employers – both public and private –  with 15 or more employees from asking job applicants about criminal histories on job applications and during initial interviews.  Employers should objectively evaluate prospective employees before delving into – and potentially being negatively swayed by – their possible criminal histories.  Background checks can be conducted after the initial interview.

The law has some exemptions, such as emergency services and law enforcement occupations.

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