Bill limits N.J. employers on criminal records

Employers in New Jersey might be limited from asking job applicants about their criminal records.

The state Senate and Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would prevent employers from asking applicants to check a box saying whether they’ve ever been convicted of a crime. Employers would not be allowed to ask the question until after they’ve given applicants at least one job interview.

The measure applies to companies with 15 or more employees. Law enforcement and jobs that require criminal background checks would be exempt.

Supporters say the bill aims to help those convicted of crimes to get jobs and rebuild their lives.

The bill goes to Gov. Chris Christie, who has not yet said whether he would sign it into law.

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