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House Committee hears legislation on employer credit checks

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Currently in the state of Missouri, employers, can with your permission, check your credit history as part of the job application process and what they discover can be an issue. The Missouri Chamber believes the ability to check the credit of a potential hire is an important tool in vetting candidates for a job.

Rep. Sharon Pace has sponsored House Bill 1801, which would prohibit an employer from requiring a job applicant’s personal credit history and then using it as hiring criteria except where the credit history is shown to be directly related to the position sought by the applicant.

The bill was heard before the Workforce Standards and Development Committee and Brian Bunten, general counsel for the Missouri Chamber, testified against the bill.

“Allowing employers to check the credit history of potential hires is an important tool in the toolbox,” Bunten testified. “We understand the mission of the bill, however, we feel it puts employers at a disadvantage. By reviewing a credit report and employer can see if a job candidate makes good decisions and is able to meet important deadlines, such as paying their bills.”

For more information on this issue, please contact Brian Bunten at bbunten@mochamber.com or by phone at 573.634.3511.

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