House Approves Limiting Credit Checks By Employers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland employers would be limited in using a job applicant’s credit report or credit history as a basis to deny employment, under legislation approved by the House of Delegates.

The House voted 91-46 on Saturday to pass the bill. A similar bill has been approved by the Senate.

The legislation requires that an employer have a bona fide reason that is substantially job-related to request information in a credit report.

For example, an employer could ask for credit information for a managerial job or one that involves access to personal information.

Credit information also could be sought for a job that involves a fiduciary responsibility to the employer. That includes the authority to issue payments, collect debts, transfer money or enter into contracts.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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