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New Jersey’s New “Ban the Box” Regulations – Not too Bad?

Criminal Background check 15244698_LargeOver the past five years, many cities, counties, and states have passed so-called “ban the box” laws – a trend that HR Legalist has been following in prior blog posts. In their most basic form, these laws require employers to remove questions about criminal history from their initial application forms.  However, some laws are more restrictive for employers.  For example, Philadelphia’s revised “Fair Criminal Records Screening Ordinance” (effective on March 14, 2016, and summarized by HR Legalist here) requires employers to disregard older convictions, undertake a case-by-case review of the nature and circumstances of prior convictions, and provide written notice to candidates rejected due to their criminal backgrounds. Continue Reading