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Friday, August 22 2014

Jersey residents with a past will have flexibility applying for new jobs.

A new NJ law will now deny some businesses from inquiring about an applicant's previous criminal record. The Opportunity to Compete Act was signed by Governor Chris Christie to help people who have had issues with the justice system (without ever going to jail), giving them a better chance when competing for better jobs. Set to take effect in six months, this act will only limit an employer from asking the question, not from performing a background check. Companies will face penalties for violating the law.

If you find yourself in need for a criminal attorney, contact us for a free consultation today.

Jersey City senator's 'ban-the-box' law lauded as hope for job applicants with a past

Source: NJ.com

A new law is giving those with criminal histories more equality when it comes to applying for a job.

Sen. Sandra Cunningham, D-Jersey City, one of the sponsors of the legislation, said the law was two years in the making, and is both "business friendly" and "helps the people that need it."

Known as "ban the box," the bill will no longer allow employers from making those applying for jobs have to check a box saying whether they have been convicted of a crime.

The law has its limitations and was scaled back compared to previous proposals. It only applies to companies with 15 or more employees and falls short of preventing someone's criminal past from being a determining factor in the hiring process.

Companies that violate the new law will face a $1,000 for the first offense, $5,000 for the second and $10,000 each time after.

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