Valid Arguments on Both Sides Re: Use of Credit Reports for Employment Screening

Nick Fishman

Many of you who have read this blog know that I am not a strong advocate for employment credit reports.  However, I believe that they can and should play a role in limited circumstances, particularly when relevant to job responsibilities.

CBS News ran a story this weekend that featured a former military intelligence officer that was denied employment from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) because his credit report contained an inaccuracy about a past due account.  It took a while to clear up the matter, but in the meantime, the TSA moved on.  In the good news department, the man reapplied and is now being considered for a position with the same agency.

And of course after seeing this story, it’s hard to find anyone that would be sympathetic to an employers need to conduct  this type of background check.  However, if you watch the story (below), Stuart Pratt from the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) makes some valid points about when and why they are used.  Remember, there are always two sides to an argument and often times, both parties are right.

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Nick Fishman

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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