Do Your Background Checks Stand Up to Scrutiny?

Hiring managers, take note: as part of the overall scrutiny of hiring practices, credit and criminal background checks are being closely examined – and in some states, laws are changing to protect against the discrimination of job applicants based upon poor credit history or a criminal record.


Illinois just passed the Employee Credit Privacy Act, which (with exceptions) will prevent employers from using an applicant’s credit history or credit reports in its employment decisions.  And on August 6, Massachusetts passed Senate Bill 2583, an anti-crime bill that includes (with exceptions) the prohibition of employers from  requesting criminal record information on initial application forms.

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