Will Maryland Be Next to Ban Credit Reports?

Nick Fishman

Maryland State Delegate Kirill Reznik has introduced House Bill 87 that would prohibit Maryland employers from using a person’s credit report 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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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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