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Fifteen companies in Trenton, N.J., have agreed to stop including language about applicants’ criminal history in their job advertisements and/or make other changes to their hiring practices. The state’s Opportunity to Compete Act reduces obstacles to employment for people with criminal records by barring covered employers from making inquiries regarding a candidate’s criminal history during the initial employment application process and prohibiting them from stating in job advertisements that candidates will not be considered if they have criminal records. The move is part of the largest-ever enforcement sweep under the Act.

 

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