Many US States Considering Bills Limiting Use of Credit Reports for Employment Screening Background Checks

While only four U.S. states – Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and most recently Illinois – currently have laws limiting or prohibiting credit checks by employers on job applicants and employees, lawmakers in many U.S. states are currently proposing legislation restricting the use of credit reports for employment screening background checks. In all, lawmakers in 18 U.S. …

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Maryland Legislation Would Limit Credit Checks by Employers on Job Applicants

State lawmakers in Maryland have proposed legislation that would limit the ability of employers to run credit checks using credit reports and credit histories of employees and job applicants for employment purposes in response to complaints from job seekers in the state who said they were denied jobs after their would-be employers learned about their …

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Survey Reveals More than Half of Consumers Want to Ban Credit Report Checks by Employers

More than half of consumers approve of the idea of banning the use of job applicant credit reports by employers for employment screening, according to a recent survey. A telephone poll survey conducted for Credit.com by GfK Custom Research North America from January 14, 2011 to January 16, 2011 interviewed 1,004 consumers about: Employers have …

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Colorado Bill Would Severely Limit Use of Credit Reports in Employment Screening

A proposed Colorado law would restrict the use of credit reports of job applicants by employers to certain situations, and make employers that use the information adversely indicate what information they relied upon in the credit report to make their decision.

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Three Credit Report Resellers Settle FTC Charges for Not Protecting Personal Information of Consumers

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor In the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) first cases against credit report resellers for the data security failures of their clients, three companies that resell credit reports of consumers have agreed to settle FTC charges that they did not take reasonable steps to …

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Use of Credit Reports and Criminal Records for Employment Screening comes under Scrutiny

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor An article in the February 2011 issue of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) HR Magazine – ‘Close Up On Screening’ – describes how employers are scrambling to adjust to changes in the myriad of state and federal laws that govern pre-employment background screening due …

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Bill Limiting Credit Checks of Job Applicants for Employment Screening Reintroduced in Congress

A bill that would limit the use of credit checks of job applicants in employment screening has been reintroduced into Congress by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN). As originally written, the ‘Equal Employment for All Act’ would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to prohibit the use of consumer credit checks against prospective employees …

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Employment Screening Resources Releases Fourth Annual List of Background Check Developments

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a nationwide background check provider to employers accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – has released its ‘Fourth Annual Top Ten Trends in Background Screening for 2011’ as predicted by ESR founder, President, and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen. “For the fourth consecutive year, Employment Screening …

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Controversial and Discriminatory Use of Job Applicant Credit Reports by Employers Tops Background Screening Trends List for 2011

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor For the past four years, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a leading background check provider to employers accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – has compiled a “Top Ten Trends in Background Screening” list of emerging and …

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Controversy over Whether Employers Using Credit Reports for Employment Screening is Discriminatory Increases

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor A great deal of misinformation about the basics of credit reports, background checks, and job hunting exists in the current economic climate. Most employers are not using credit reports to find ways to eliminate people from jobs. A background check that includes …

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