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Preemployment Screening and Testing: New Jersey

Preemployment Screening and Testing requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: John Sarno, Employers Association of New Jersey


  • New Jersey has some unique rules dealing with preemployment medical tests, but medical inquiries and tests must not be administered until a conditional job offer has been made. See Preemployment Medical Testing.
  • Medical marijuana is legal for qualified patients in the state, but employers may still maintain a drug-free workplace policy. See Medical Marijuana Use.
  • New Jersey has specific requirements governing AIDS testing in the workplace. See AIDS Testing.
  • New Jersey requires job applicants for certain occupations to undergo mandatory background checks. See Mandatory Criminal Background Checks.
  • However, state law restricts most private employers from asking criminal history questions during the initial employment application process. See Ban the Box Law.