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NJISJ Announces Final Metro Newark Brownfields Training Program Graduation

NEWARK, NJ- March 21, 2013. New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is pleased to announce the graduation of its fourth Metro Newark Brownfields Training Program class to be held on March 21 at 6pm at PSE&G Building in downtown Newark. Twenty-one Newark and Essex County residents have completed this pre-apprenticeship program and are now prepared to move on to promising careers in environmental remediation.

Using Criminal Records, Credit Ratings is Risky Business in Hiring

Employers should scrap policies that bar hiring people with criminal records, and should avoid using credit reports to screen job candidates, employment-law attorneys told a business group Tuesday.

Considering a prospective employee's arrest or criminal record, or inquiring about their credit status, before even offering them a job, are practices that can put a company at risk of violating federal law, said Jeffrey Burstein, senior trial lawyer for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Newark, and Catherine Wells, head of the employment law department at Wolff Samson in West Orange. Burstein and Wells were speakers at a roundtable, held at the Hilton&nbspHasbrouck Heights about making employment decisions under Title VII, which forbids discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.

Youth Radio Discusses Ban the Box in Newark

Ban the Box in Newark According to the National Employment Law Center (NELP), about 65 million Americans have a criminal record. The rapid expansion of online record searches has made it easier for employers to run background checks on potential employees, and more challenging for potential employees to get a job.

According to a 2010 survey by the Society for Human Resources Management, nearly 90 percent of employers surveyed, revealed that they conducted criminal background checks on job applicants. Ban the Box is a movement to get rid of questions on job applications that ask about criminal history. 

NJISJ has Graduation for Metro Newark Brownfields Training Program

NEWARK, NJ- December 11, 2012. The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is pleased to announce the graduation of its second Metro Newark Brownfields Training Program class was held on Tuesday, December 11 at 5:30pm at New Jersey Historical Society. (read more)

 

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Veteran's Employment Challenges. A Survey by Prudential

Veterans say finding a job is their greatest challenge when returning to civilian life New Prudential survey focuses on Veterans’ perceptions and experiences transitioning from military to civilian life Prudential recently conducted a landmark study on the employment challenges Veterans face when transitioning from military to civilian life. And according to the study, nearly 70 percent of Veterans said "finding a job" is their greatest challenge. 

Women, Minorities to Benefit Under Construction Training Program

Dozens of Newark residents will receive job training and placement in city construction projects under a $300,000 grant announced today by public officials and labor leaders.

The funds will be used to train about 40 women and minority residents, who will receive apprenticeships in the building and construction trades, according to a news release from acting Gov. Kim Guadagno's office.

James McQueeny Moderates Discussion on New Jersey Political Landscape

On July 26th, Charles A. Stanziale, Jr., partner at McCarter & English LLC, hosted a panel exploring the politics of New Jersey and of the upcoming presidential election at McCarter & English.  

Douglas S. Eakeley Moderates NJ Supreme Court Justices Panel on the Legacy of Justice Brennan

On July 12th, Douglas S. Eakeley, Member of Lowenstein Sandler PC moderated a panel exploring the jurisprudence of Supreme Court Justice William Brennan at the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark. Gary Wingens, Managing Partner at Lowenstein, provided welcome remarks as the Lowenstein firm hosted the event.

The panel, titled “The Legacy of Justice Brennan in the Twenty-First Century” featured New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Anne Patterson, former New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice James Zazzali and former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice James Coleman. Mr. Eakeley and the Justices engaged a diverse audience of dozens of practitioners, legal interns and policy students in a thoughtful discussion of how Justice Brennan ascended to the highest court in the land, how his time on the New Jersey Supreme Court informed his later jurisprudence and how many of his 1360 published opinions as a US Supreme Court Justice, which is second only to Justice Douglas, directly impacted members of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

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NJ Should Ban Arrests from Job Applications

On April 25, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a revised enforcement guidance on using criminal records in employment decisions. This groundbreaking guidance marks the first time the EEOC — the federal agency charged with interpreting and enforcing federal employment discrimination law — has said certain uses of criminal history is discrimination. Without question, this is a laudable development.

The proliferation of background checks on job applicants, coupled with the widespread public availability of arrest and conviction information, has contributed to persistent barriers to employment (and increased likelihood of recidivism) for people with criminal histories.

NJ Supreme Court Mulls Rules for Trying Juveniles as Adults

Who should decide when to put a child on trial in adult court, where the penalties are far more severe and the loss of anonymity is permanent?

That was the question before the New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday, when the justices were asked to weigh the merits of state laws that allow county prosecutors to make that determination — and then require state judges to uphold those calls unless they involve an outrageous blunder.

The stakes are high for hundreds of teens who end up in adult courts each year, some facing up to life in prison. In Bergen County, 31 cases have been transferred since the start of 2006. In Passaic County, 15 to 20 are moved each year.