Hopefully more states will follow in NJ’s footsteps. Gov. Christie vetoed it the first time, but signed it after the legislature amended the bill by replacing the right to file a civil suit against offending businesses with fines:
In just over a month, a new law in the state of New Jersey forbidding business from discriminating against unemployed job candidates will take effect.
You can find a copy of the new law here. Under this new law, New Jersey businesses may not advertise job openings in New Jersey that contain one or more of the following three items:
Any provision stating that the qualifications for a job include current employment;
Any provision stating that the employer or employer’s agent, representative, or designee will not consider or review an application for employment submitted by any job applicant currently unemployed; or
Any provision stating that the employer or employer’s agent, representative, or designee will only consider or review applications for employment submitted by job applicants who are currently employed.
First time violators will get tagged with a $1,000 fine. Repeat offenders will be fined $5,000. Three or more strikes will earn you a $10,000 fine per incident.
[…] The new law will take effect on June 1, 2011.