Opportunity to Compete Act / “Ban the Box” A-3837
Status: Second Reading in Assembly
The Assembly Labor Committee advanced legislation on 12/16 which would prohibit employers from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history until after the candidate has received a conditional offer of employment. Only then could the employer conduct a background check or ask whether the person had ever been arrested or convicted of a crime. If the applicant does have a criminal record, A-3837 restricts what types of crime can warrant rescinding that job offer.
NJLRA is concerned that this legislation will expose businesses to liability. Its companion bill, S-2586, has been referred to the Senate Labor Committee.
Status: Withdrawn from Consideration
The Economic Opportunity Act II of 2013 included a provision to cap appeal bonds at $50 million, which has been sought by the business community for years. It advanced through the Senate Economic Growth Committee and was second referenced to the Senate Budget Committee before being withdrawn from consideration.
“Good Samaritan Act” A-3694
Status: Posted for Assembly vote on 12/19
Hundreds of licensed architects and engineers headed to parts of Alabama following their devastating tornados in 2011, contributing thousands of hours in pro-bono inspections. What made Alabama’s hospitality possible is a Good Samaritan Law which protects such volunteers from frivolous litigation. A-3694 would allow New Jersey to welcome the same volunteerism during future natural disasters