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NJECPAC is a Continuing Political Committee (CPC). A CPC is any group of two or more persons acting jointly, or any corporation, partnership, or any other incorporated or unincorporated association, civic association or other organization, which in any calendar year contributes to aid or promote the candidacy of an individual, or the candidacies of individuals, for elective public office, or the passage or defeat of a public question or public questions, lobby for the passage or defeat of certain legislative bills introduced in the NJ Legislature in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-8(b). A CPC is frequently referred to as Political Action Committee (PAC). The NJECPAC was formed to provide funding for legislative initiatives of its members and its member organizations representing the interests of Electrical Contractors, Small Businesses and Taxpayers throughout the State of New Jersey.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Newark passes ban on pre-employment criminal background checks

Employers beware: 
Newark Passes Law Limiting Pre-Employment Criminal Background Checks

The City of Newark has passed municipal ordinance that limits background checks on potential employees, The City joins more than 40 other municipalities around the country in limiting an employer's right to inquire into a job applicant's criminal history. 

The Law prohibits criminal background checks before extending an offer offer of employment, the Ordinance limits the criminal background information about which an employer may inquire and that an employer may use in making a hiring decision. 

This limitation on employer hiring practices has been referred to as the "ban the box" movement and has been gaining momentum nationwide. Newark's Ordinance is one of the most expansive and one of just two "ban the box" ordinances to cover nearly all private employers doing business in the city. 

Covered "Employers"
The Ordinance applies to any "employer" that "does business, employs persons, or takes applications for employment within the City of Newark" and has at least five employees. The Ordinance includes job placement, referral agencies, and "other employment agencies" within the meaning of "employer." 

The law is scheduled to become effective November 18, 2012.  Read More Here

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