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NJ panel to take up bill that would ‘Ban the Box’



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Legislation that would limit New Jersey employers from asking job applicants about their criminal past is due to go before a state Senate panel.

The Labor Committee is scheduled to consider the bill Thursday. 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 immediately toss out applications when they see someone marked yes. The measure would still allow employers to ask about a person’s criminal history, but only further along the hiring process or 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.