The Scope Of Newark's New 'Ban The Box' Ordinance

Law360, New York (November 5, 2012, 1:16 PM EST) -- On Sept. 19, 2012, the Newark Municipal Council passed Ordinance 12-1630, which prohibits any employer with five or more employees in Newark from asking job candidates before or during the application process about their criminal history (i.e., "bans the box"). The Newark ordinance also places certain limits on inquiries into the criminal history of an employee or candidate after the candidate has received a conditional offer of employment.

The Newark ordinance's stated purpose is to remove barriers to gainful employment for more than 1,700 individuals who...
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