Criminal Convictions To Be Banned From NJ Job Applications
NJ 101.5 quoted Alexa Miller on the measure signed into law by Governor Chris Christie prohibiting certain employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal history in the initial application.
“It’s just giving people that opportunity to get in front of an employer without having the door slammed in their face,” said Alexa. “There’s a big difference between someone that made a mistake when they were young and dumb 10 years ago, versus someone that was convicted of a Megan’s Law violation that wants to work at your daycare.”
She said employers who don’t follow the new rule can face hefty fines, so work should be underway to make sure future applications no longer feature “the box” for applicants to check.
The law also changes the way employers solicit job seekers. Published job advertisements can not state that applicants with a criminal record won’t be considered.
“It’s very important for employers to understand that the new law doesn’t prevent employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal history,” Alexa added. “It just delays when the inquiry can occur.”