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Vote Saxon.svgBack in August 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed “The Opportunity to Compete Act”, also known as Ban the Box. This made it unlawful for companies with 15 or more employees to advertise that people with criminal records need to apply. Covered companies also cannot inquire about criminal history, from the time an applicant inquires about an opening until the first job interview is completed.

Last month, Governor Christie affixed his signature to bipartisan legislation, which closes some loopholes in the law:

Now, the law is clear that online inquiries into an applicant’s criminal history are forbidden. Also, to the extent that employers were asking about expunged criminal records, well, those are now off limits too.

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I’ll open this post with a haiku. Because, I feel like we could all use a haiku.

For HR, what will he do?
Not a stinkin’ clue!

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Some states and cities have made it illegal to ask about criminal convictions on job applications. A new bill introduced last week in both the U.S. House and Senate called the Fair Chance Act may “ban the box” across the country for all federal agencies and federal contractors.

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“Doing What’s Right – Not Just What’s Legal”