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Bill Prevents Bad Credit From Empeding Employment

Bad credit couldn’t be held against you at work or when you’re applying for a job in New Jersey under legislation that advanced Thursday.

Senator Sandra Cunningham (D)
Senator Sandra Cunningham (D) (Senatorcunningham.com)

The bill does not allow employers or prospective employers to use credit check results as a basis for hiring or firing. Sen. Sandra Cunningham says the measure is designed to protect those who have run up debt because of joblessness or medical care in a bad economy.

It was approved 4-1 by the Senate labor panel.

The business community opposes the bill. It says employers are required to tell applicants and workers the results of credit checks and give them a chance to explain.

The federal government is looking into the issue of employer credit checks with a ruling expected soon.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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