Source: NJ.com - Faith leaders from across the state will convene Thursday as a show of support for a bill to aid New Jerseyans facing barriers to employment due to criminal records.
The Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Jr. will engage leaders from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths in an dialogue titled “Fulfilling Our Moral Duty to Foster Redemption” and the Opportunity to Compete Act from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens at 771 Somerset Street in the Somerset section of Franklin Township.
The bill would ban employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal history until the final stages of the interview process. New Jersey Senate and Assembly votes are anticipated in late May and floor votes in June, so the event carries a particular moral urgency, according to Soaries…
Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) in December called the bill a “terrible idea.”
“Look, I hire a lot of people. I’m not allowed to know in my initial consideration whether a person is a convicted felon?” Bramnick said. “Come on, now. You pay a price for being a criminal, OK?”