Will NJ Go 'Ban The Box' And Beyond?

Law360, New York (January 6, 2014, 11:48 AM EST) -- Recently, in a 6-3 vote, New Jersey’s Assembly Labor Committee advanced a bill (A-3837), known as the Opportunity to Compete Act, that would prohibit New Jersey employers with 15 or more employees from asking candidates about their criminal history on employment applications, and from conducting criminal background checks on applicants prior to a conditional job offer.

If passed, this legislation would become one of the toughest “ban-the-box” measures in the nation (derived from the ubiquitous check box on employment applications inquiring whether an applicant has a...
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