Pre-Employment Screening: Criminal Records & Credit Checks Under Fire

Serious opposition is mounting at the state level against using credit checks in making hiring decisions.  Perhaps this comes in light of the recent economic recession and fear that otherwise qualified candidates will be rejected, but it comes at a time where many states are also imposing limits on the use of criminal convictions in hiring decisions.

According to a recent article in USA Today, 25 states have proposed bills aimed at restricting when credit histories can use in the hiring process.  A recent article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that cites efforts to remove the question, “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” from applications for city jobs there is indicative of the thought process.   The EEOC has long given guidance to employers that criminal convictions cannot be used capriciously in the hiring decision, but the movement towards ignoring them altogether seems like a new trend.

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