Assemblyman STERLEY S. STANLEY
District 18 (Middlesex)
Assemblywoman SERENA DIMASO
District 13 (Monmouth)
Assemblywoman LISA SWAIN
District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)
Assemblyman Karabinchak, Assemblywomen Vainieri Huttle and Downey
Establishes Employment Application Registry database in Division of State Police.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on December 7, 2020, with amendments.
An Act establishing an employment application registry in the Division of State Police and supplementing Title 52 of the Revised Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. The Superintendent of State Police shall establish and maintain an Employment Application Registry database, which shall contain information related to any individual who submits an application for employment in a law enforcement agency in this State.
b. Each law enforcement agency shall maintain records of all applicants for employment in the law enforcement agency. These
records shall include, but not be limited to:
(1) the identity of each applicant including, but not limited to, the applicant’s: name; last known address; date of birth; social security number; SBI number, if known; gender; race and ethnicity; and eye color;
(2) the position sought;
(3) whether an offer of employment was made to the applicant;
(4) if no offer was made, the reason, including but not limited to whether an offer was not made because the applicant was included in the Central Drug Registry established by the Attorney General as a result of a positive drug test; and
(5) whether the applicant shall be disqualified from employment with a law enforcement agency in this State based on the guidelines and directives established pursuant to subsection b. of section 2 of P.L. , c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).
c. Each law enforcement agency shall report the information collected pursuant to subsection b. of this section to the Superintendent of State Police for inclusion in the Employment Application Registry.
d. Each law enforcement agency in this State shall consult the Employment Application Registry prior to making an offer of employment to an applicant.
e. The information contained in the Employment Application Registry shall be confidential and not be a public record subject to public access, inspection, or copying under P.L.1963, c.73 (C.47:1A-1 et seq.) or the common law concerning access to public records.
2. The Attorney General shall issue any guidelines or directives necessary for the enforcement of this act including, but not limited to:
a. procedures for collecting and maintaining the information to be reported to the Superintendent and maintained in the Employment Application Registry;
b. the reasons for which an applicant shall be disqualified from employment in a law enforcement agency in this State; and
c. procedures for maintaining the confidentiality of information contained in the database.
3. This act shall take effect on the first day of the seventh month next following the date of enactment; but the Superintendent of State Police may take such anticipatory administrative action in advance as may be necessary for the implementation of this 1[bill] act1.