• The New Jersey “Opportunity to Compete Act” Takes Effect on  March 1, 2015 Restricting Employers from Inquiring into Job  Applicants’ Criminal Histories and Providing Civil Penalties  For Violations - Is Your Company Prepared?
  • April 6, 2015 | Authors: Donald E. Taylor; James E. Tonrey
  • Law Firm: Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A. - Woodbridge Office
  • On March 1, 2015, New Jersey’s “Opportunity to Compete Act” (“OTCA”) takes effect. As explained in the legislative findings section of the OTCA, it is the intent of the OTCA to remove obstacles impeding employment opportunities for persons with criminal records. Employers in the State of New Jersey that fit within the OTCA’s scope - those that employ 15 or more employees over 20 calendar weeks per year - should take heed of this new legislation, given that employers may become subject to significant civil monetary penalties for violating the OTCA.