NJ rally planned to advocate for ban on employers asking about criminal past

Proponents of legislation that would limit New Jersey employers from asking job applicants about their criminal past are planning to rally on the steps of

NJ rally planned to advocate for 'Ban the

NJ rally planned to advocate for 'Ban the box'

TRENTON - (AP) - Proponents of legislation that would limit New Jersey employers from asking job applicants about their criminal past are planning to rally on the steps of the Statehouse.

Grassroots campaigns and the bill's sponsors will be among those advocating Wednesday for the "New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act." It would effectively "ban the box" on job applications that asks job seekers if they have a criminal history.

Advocates say studies show evidence of businesses that toss out applications immediately when they see someone marked yes. The measure would still allow employers to ask about a person's criminal history, but only once a conditional offer is made.

Proponents and some state lawmakers say the bill gives people a chance to show employers their skills before being written off for their past.

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