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On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed “The Opportunity to Compete Act,” which restricts the ability of covered employers to inquire into, and use, criminal records. New Jersey’s so-called “ban-the-box” law, which will be effective March 1, 2015, follows closely on the heels of similar legislation enacted in the past two years. Due to the proliferation of such laws – and related class action litigation and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission “systemic” investigations – employers may want to conduct a broad (and privileged) assessment to strengthen their compliance with federal, state and local laws.
For more on the terms of New Jersey's law and action items covered employers should consider in light of the law, continue reading Littler's ASAP New Jersey's "Opportunity to Compete Act" Continues the Nationwide "Ban-the-Box" Trend.