2/8/2011 Will Maryland Be Next to Ban Employment Credit Reports?

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Maryland State Delegate Kirill Reznik has introduced House Bill 87 that would prohibit Maryland employers from using a person’s credit history as a background screening tool for hiring and retention decisions.  The bill includes exemptions for financial institutions, banks, credit unions and law enforcement.

This is the second time Reznik has introduced this bill as last year’s attempt was unsuccessful.

“We’re not trying to target the CFOs or the folks involved in dealing with companies’ millions of dollars,” Reznik said. “We mean nurses, school teachers, janitors, plumbers … blue-collar workers having trouble making ends meet, so that they don’t have one more hurdle to overcome.”

If Maryland were to enact this law, they would join the states of Illinois, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington who have similar laws in place.

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