New Bill Would Require Telemarketers To Disclose Contact Information Of Their Employer

A bill requiring telemarketers to provide the contact information of their employer within 30 seconds of making the call, was approved by the Senate Commerce Committee this afternoon.

This bill, which been in the works for nearly a decade, requires a telemarketer, within 30 seconds of making a telemarketing sales call, to provide the customer the name and telephone number of the person on whose behalf the call is being made.

A violation of the bill’s provisions would constitute a disorderly persons offense.

The bill also requires the mailing address of a telemarketer and any business on whose behalf the telemarketer is telemarketing to be disclosed on any website owned or operated by the telemarketer and on any subsequent written communication to customers.

Current state law only requires telemarketers to disclose the name of person making the call as well as the name of the telemarketing company, the telemarketer is calling on behalf of and the purpose of the call.

There is also no penalty currently.

The prohibition on unsolicited sales calls and the requirement to disclose certain telemarketer information required in this bill do not apply to telemarketing sales calls when a customer contacts the telemarketer via phone call or website and affirmatively requests a follow-up telemarketing sales call or other contact from the telemarketer.

The bill still needs to pass by chambers before it can go to Governor Murphy’s desk for his signature.

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  1. Something needs to be done to stop solicitation calls. I have both a land line and cell phone; both receive unwarranted calls.
    The disturbing part is that the calls will come through with a name attached and a phone number. Not a company, a private person name. I have had the same solicitor call me 6 times in one day using a different name and phone number. I have repeatedly told them to stop calling me. This occurs on both phone numbers.
    With caller ID, the name of the company for solicitation and their number should be visible. Problem solved.

  2. Do local orgs know that their robocalls violate the CAN SPAM Act? If they would comply that would cut the number of calls that I get by 95%. And just to clarify, being listed in a local phone book does not constitute consent for robocalls. Nor does having my phone number in BMG’s database.

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