House Approves Ban on Most Employment Credit Checks

The U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 29 passed legislation that prohibits employers from using credit reports for employment decisions, except when required by law or for a national security clearance. The bill also prohibits hiring managers from asking questions about applicants' financial past during job interviews or including questions about credit history on job applications. Employer groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) oppose the bill, arguing that the information in a credit report is an indicator of a person's judgment and potential risk to an organization, especially for certain positions involving finances and accounting.

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