NJ Considering Removal of Crime History From Job Forms
- July 11, 2013
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New Jersey legislators are considering taking out criminal history in job applications throughout the state, which could help many who have convictions for assault, distribution, possession, burglary, shoplifting or other criminal charges. Just last month state legislators proposed a bill that would limit New Jersey employers from asking applicants about their criminal past. Many residents believe that this bill could possibly give an opportunity to previous offenders who do not have many employment options. Meanwhile other residents and employers believe that this bill if approved and implemented could possibly have dangerous criminals capable of doing possible harm to others slip through the cracks. Currently the majority of New Jersey employers inquire about an applicant’s criminal past to try and ensure security within their work place as well as with potential customers. The proposed bill would not override existing laws that require mandatory background checks for certain jobs, such as daycare centers, psychiatric hospitals and law enforcement. There have been several studies done that show that many employers throw away or refuse to give those with a criminal history any consideration for open positions. For some state residents convictions or pleas in their past such as charges for drugs, theft or even underage drinking have affected their ability to obtain consistent employment for actions that happened as long as decades ago. Advocates of the bill believe that many minor offenses that could have happened years ago create an unfair stigma among employers and prevent an equal opportunity among those who are applying. While the bill has not been approved, if implemented it could give thousands a possible first step towards steady employment beginning with a job interview that they would have not been able to get before. Assault and drug charges in NJ will have a serious impact on your life and can have significant implications in related matters such as later personal injury. If you are charged with drug possession or assault in NJ you should seek an experienced attorney immediately to protect your rights. For more information on assault, theft, burglary, shoplifting, possession, distribution, weapons offenses or other criminal matters in New Jersey visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com. This blog is for informational purposes and is not intended to replace the advice of an attorney in regard to criminal issues.