2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 40A:12A-22.2 - Criminal history background checks on applicants for employment with local housing authorities.

40A:12A-22.2 Criminal history background checks on applicants for employment with local housing authorities.

2. a. An authority may perform criminal history background checks on applicants for employment, according to the provisions of this act. An authority which elects to comply with this act shall not hire an applicant unless it determines that no criminal record information exists on file in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Identification Division, or in the State Bureau of Identification in the Division of State Police which would disqualify the individual from being employed pursuant to the provisions of this act. An applicant shall be disqualified from employment if the criminal history record check reveals his conviction:

(1) In New Jersey, of any crime or disorderly persons offense:

(a) Involving danger to the person pursuant to N.J.S.2C:11-1 et seq., N.J.S.2C:12-1 et seq., N.J.S.2C:13-1 et seq., N.J.S.2C:14-1 et seq. or N.J.S.2C:15-1 et seq.; or

(b) Against the family, children or incompetents, pursuant to N.J.S.2C:24-1 et seq.; or

(2) In any other state or jurisdiction, for conduct which, if committed in New Jersey, would constitute any of the crimes or offenses included in paragraph (1) of this subsection.

b. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection a. of this section to the contrary, an applicant shall not be disqualified from consideration for employment under this act on the basis of any conviction disclosed by a criminal history record check if the individual has affirmatively demonstrated to the authority clear and convincing evidence of his rehabilitation. In determining whether an individual has affirmatively demonstrated rehabilitation, an authority shall consider:

(1) The nature and responsibility of the applicant's prospective position;

(2) The nature and seriousness of the offense;

(3) The circumstances under which the offense occurred;

(4) The date of the offense;

(5) The age of the applicant when the offense was committed;

(6) Whether the offense was repeated;

(7) Social conditions which may have contributed to the offense; and

(8) Any evidence of rehabilitation, including good conduct in prison or in the community, counseling or psychiatric treatment received, acquisition of additional academic or vocational education, successful participation in correctional work-release programs, or the recommendation of persons who have supervised the applicant.


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