TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey eradicated a carve-out Tuesday in its legislation towards discrimination that permitted employers to not rent or promote employees who’re 70 or older.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the laws into legislation, saying “discrimination of any sort has no place in New Jersey.”
New Jersey’s legislation bars discrimination or harassment primarily based on incapacity, gender, nationwide origin, race, faith or age. However the legislation contained provisions that stated the legislation shouldn’t be construed to dam employers “from refusing to just accept for employment or to advertise any particular person over 70 years of age.”
The brand new legislation eliminates that provision. It additionally does away with a piece that permitted faculties and universities to require retirement at age 70.
“Seventy is the brand new 50, and older people are persevering with to work both attributable to monetary want or as a result of they nonetheless have the power, abilities, and expertise,” Democratic Sen. Shirley Turner stated in an announcement.
One of many invoice’s sponsors stated the measure was essential to replace the state’s anti-discrimination statutes.
“As in lots of locations across the nation, New Jersey’s workforce is getting older, and we have to be proactive in defending these older employees towards age discrimination,” Senate Democratic Majority Chief Loretta Weinberg stated in an announcement. “A technique to do this is to carry these outdated legal guidelines into the twenty first century.”
The invoice handed with none opposition earlier this 12 months and had the assist of advocacy teams like New Jersey Advocates for Getting older Properly.
The brand new legislation takes impact instantly.