A view of the Senate Chambers from the 2010-2011 Senate Reorganization.

31 Mar: Beach/Madden Legislation Prohibiting Discrimination Against Unemployed Signed Into Law

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Jim Beach (D-Camden) and Fred Madden (D-Gloucester, Camden) that would prohibit an employer or an employer’s agent, representative or designee from advertising a job vacancy that disqualifies unemployed individuals from applying was signed into law today.

“For the countless residents who lost their jobs through no fault of their own, these ads just add insult to injury, especially when they see an opening for which they would be a perfect fit,” said Beach. “Businesses that make it a point to exclude the unemployed from consideration are not only passing up on the chance to attract qualified candidates, but are only making the employment picture worse for the entire state.”

Senator James Beach represents the 6th District.

08 Nov: Senate Panel Approves Beach Bill Making It Illegal For Employers To Declare ‘Unemployed Need Not Apply’

TRENTON – The Senate Labor Committee today released legislation Senator Jim Beach sponsored to counter the disturbing trend of employers declaring in job opening announcements, “unemployed workers need not apply.”

Beach said the bill would ensure that a person’s qualifications – and not whether they had been a victim of the economic recession that doubled unemployment rates – would remain the most important criteria for job seekers.