“Ban the Box” Legislation Clears Assembly Committee
December 19th, 2013
On Monday, the Assembly Labor Committee advanced legislation which would prohibit an employer from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history until a conditional job offer is made and only if the applicant consents to the background check. A-3837 was voted out of the committee along party lines despite overwhelming opposition by business groups including the CIANJ. The bill now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for further deliberation. Businesses are concerned with the increased administrative costs associated with the legislation as well as other issues such as liability concerns and government intervening on how businesses should operate.