Thursday, March 18, 2010

DC Eyes Ban on Credit Checks for Employment

According to the Washington Examiner, Washington D.C. is eyeing a ban on employers collecting credit history information as a condition for employment. Most credit checks are conducted after an interview or after a contingent offer for employment has been extended. Due to the current economic situation and many people being out of work and unable to address their financial issues with the same ability as before, this may present an additional roadblock to people looking for employment.

Credit checks as a condition for employment are becoming more prevalent and are even conducted for jobs such as construction and retail sales.

In my opinion, I do not believe an all out ban should be implemented, just a moratorium. And I also believe that positions of public trust, national security, and jobs in which the employee must handle large amounts of money should be exempt from the ban. The reason behind this is because with such positions, you must consider the employee's susceptibility to bribery, blackmail and coercion. In these cases, such a standard must be maintained.

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