Assembly Approves Revised Job Advertising Bill

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TRENTON – Legislation that would make it illegal for employers to ask out-of-work New Jerseyans not to apply for job vacancies has been re-approved by the Assembly.

The bill initially passed in the Legislature late last year, but Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed it. He said that the original penalties were too harsh and that any penalties should only be applied if a violation was “knowingly or purposefully” committed.

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The Assembly voted 72-5 on Thursday to approve the revised bill. It now heads to the Senate.

The revamped legislation (A-3359) prohibits an employer from publishing an advertisement for a job that announces that unemployed individuals cannot apply for the job vacancy.

The bill would authorize a $1,000 penalty for a first offense and $5,000 penalties for subsequent offenses.

The proposed legislation does not include any provisions requiring employers to consider out-of-work individuals for positions.


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