How to Comply with New Jersey’s “Pass the Trash” Background Check Law

NJ "Pass The Trash" School Background Checks Law

Effective June 1, 2018, all New Jersey public and private school teachers, administrators, bus drivers, janitors, lunch/food staff and any vendors that may come into contact with students must comply with the new “Pass the Trash” law (S-414/A-3381 / SN.J.S.A. 18A:6-7.7).  The purpose of the law is to conduct an intensive background investigation into an applicant before they are hired or contracted to provide services in a position that may involve contact with a student.

The purpose of the law is to protect students from persons who were previously accused of sex assault, child abuse or predatory behavior.

The “Pass the Trash” law requires that a 20-year background search be conducted, all prior employers contacted and any information, such as DYFS, DCP&P or other allegations must be researched, documented and reported.

Our investigators at Gray Law Group, LLC have the most up-to-date investigation tools and experience to perform these investigations for schools and vendors in New Jersey.

Compliance with the law is mandatory.  Failure to comply may subject the district, school or vendor to legal liability and penalties.

For more information, visit out School Background Checks service page.

Call or email today for a free consultation.

David E. Gray, Esq.



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