On August 11, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed into law the Opportunity to Compete Act, the New Jersey version of "Ban the Box" which has been sweeping states and municipalities across the nation.
Effective March 1, 2015 - any employer who employers 15 or more employees will be prohibited from inquiring orally or on a job application about a job applicant's criminal history until after the first interview is conducted.
The Act also prohibits employers from posting job advertisements that exclude applicants with criminal history from consideration.
Employers may inquire about an applicant's criminal history after the first interview. Employers may still refuse to hire an applicant based on their criminal history, unless the record was expunged or erased through executive pardon.