NJ Considers Removing Crime History From Job Form

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

Business leaders and advocates deplored before a state Senate panel on Thursday legislation that would limit New Jersey employers’ ability to ask job applicants about their criminal past.

The Labor Committee is considering a “ban the box” bill that would bar job applications from asking job seekers if they have a criminal history. It still allows employers to ask, but only once a conditional offer is made.

Advocates say studies show evidence of businesses that immediately toss out applications when they see someone marked “yes.” But business leaders say the inability to inquire about crimes early on is a safety risk and wastes time and money.