New Jersey has passed “ban the box” legislation barring employers from asking job seekers on applications if they have a criminal history. If a job seeker makes it to the interview stage based on their other qualifications, the employer may still ask about a worker’s criminal past at the end of the interview.
We honestly didn’t know there was a fad for tattooing or piercing one’s pets — though we’re at once overjoyed and grossed out by the thought of Lassie wearing six nipple rings — but apparently it’s enough of a thing that New Jersey lawmakers want to ban it.
“In a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll addressing the prospect of legalized gambling in North Jersey, half of respondents expressed opposition to opening casinos outside Atlantic City. Only 42 percent of those polled favor the idea,” the Star-Ledger reports.
Somewhat overlooked this week was the Wednesday testimony of FEMA chief Craig Fugate, who told Congress that feds had probably been too stingy paying off damage claims to Jersey homeowners in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
The reason? Officials didn’t want a repeat of the fraud claims that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The Inquirer reports that New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney is proposing using money from new casinos in NorthJersey to rebuild Atlantic City for its post-casino future. A nonprofit board of “top business leaders” would oversee the effort.