Effective December 8, 2017

Amendments To The Existing Ban The Box Law

New Jersey initially implemented a Ban The Box law in 2014. Governor Chris Christie signed Bill S-3306 in December 2017, which adds new regulations that law. It specifies:

  • Employers may not ask about criminal records, including expunged records, on job applications.
  • Employers may not make oral, written or online inquiries about an applicant’s criminal records, including expunged records, during the initial application process.

Effective December 8, 2017

New Laws For Expunging Criminal Records

This bill creates a shorter wait time to expunge records and adjusts the number of requests that can be made at once. Individuals who meet the criteria may:

  • Apply to have records expunged in 6 years (previous wait time was 10).
  • Request to have 4 offenses expunged (previous limit was 3).
  • Request to have the waiting time for an expungement decreased if the only active issue is the need to pay a fine or restitution and the court feels expunging the records is in the best interest of the public.

Effective June 29, 2017

New Laws For Expunging Juvenile Criminal Records

This bill creates a shorter wait time to expunge juvenile records. Individuals who meet the criteria may:

  • Apply to have records expunged in 3 years (previous wait time was 5).
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