Employers may have one less employment screening tool at their disposal if a federal bill banning credit checks during most employment background checks becomes law.
Recent legislative efforts throughout the country have sought to ban credit reports from the employment screening process. Three states – Washington, Hawaii, and Oregon – currently have restrictions on an employer’s use of the credit history of an applicant or employee in making employment-related decisions. There is even pending legislation at the federal level – HR 3149, which is currently in committee – to limit credit checks.
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