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NJISJ 2013 Annual Awards Gala

Please join us for a special night where we celebrate the work we do and honor individuals, organizations and corporations who help us advance our work.

NJISJ 2013 Annual Awards Gala

Thursday June 6, 2013, at 6 pm

Nanina's in the Park

540 Mill St, Belleville, NJ 07109

 

Due Process: Ban the Box Episode

Due Process, a production of Rutgers School of Law–Newark and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, is an award-winning, critically acclaimed weekly series

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on law and justice issues. The April 14, 2013 episode focused on the topic: Ban the Box and Opportunity to Compete Act.

NJISJ is proud to have participated in the making of this episode.

To view the episode click here.

Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission Hires New Employees to Help with Ongoing Sandy Recovery

The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission has added 10 new employees to assist with its ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

The new hires, which are all temporary, were coordinated with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice's Metro Newark Brownfields Training Program, according to a news release.

Off-Road Woes Behind the Bulk of License Suspensions

A 44-year-old Berlin woman was driving in January with a suspended license — one of 52 penalties in her troubled driving history— when she allegedly fled after striking two pedestrians on a Voorhees road.

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Earlier this month, a Mount Ephraim man who allegedly drove off after fatally striking a 67-year-old woman on the Black Horse Pike in Haddon Township hadn’t had a valid license in more than two decades. Timothy Polijczuk’s license had been suspended 58 times since 1980, and he never attempted to restore it after 1989, according to the state Motor Vehicle Commission.

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.

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.

Sweeney on Ban the Box: "Everyone deserves a second chance"

New Jersey Senate Democrats release a press release in support of Ban the Box legislation:

 Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement today regarding “Ban the Box” legislation: "In my job as a union leader, I have seen firsthand how current law can have a devastating impact on those who are simply trying to reenter the workforce. People should not be, in essence, automatically removed from contention because of previous misdoings. Everyone deserves a second chance. I appreciate Senators Cunningham, Ruiz and Lesniak's advocacy and look forward to working with them on this issue." 

NJISJ Press Release: New Legislation Opens Opportunity to Compete for Employment

NEWARK, NJ- February 7, 2013. The state of New Jersey will soon be considering The New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act, commonly referred to as Ban the Box, which takes a major step toward leveling the playing field for all job applicants by eliminating “the box” on an application that asks job candidates to disclose their criminal history. Criminal history inquiries would, however, merely be delayed until later in the hiring process to encourage employers to focus on the candidate’s qualifications, rather than solely on past mistakes. While this bill limits inquiries about criminal history on the initial job application, it does not prevent employers from conducting background checks or using criminal history information when appropriate or when mandated by law. Over the past fifteen years, 49 jurisdictions have enacted Ban the Box policies, including the states of Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Mexico.

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.