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January 7 2014

New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Approves Significantly Less Onerous Version of Ban the Box Legislation

"The New Jersey Legislature has been considering ""ban the box"" legislation since February 2013. Amidst opposition from business groups, the proposed law underwent several changes over the last 16 months. On June 5, 2014, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee voted 9-1 to approve a significantly less onerous version of the bill. The current version of the bill now awaits approval from the full Senate. This version is significantly less burdensome on employers than prior versions of the bill, which outlined a lengthy process for criminal background checks and enumerated the crimes about which an employer could inquire."