Compliance Corner

Credit History Usage

Back to Compliance Library
February 16, 2017
District of Columbia Mayor Signs Law Restricting Employers from Using Credit Information in Employment Decisions

On February 15, 2017, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a bill prohibiting, with limited exceptions, employers’ use of or obtaining a job applicant’s or employee’s credit information for employment purposes.  D.C. joins the growing list of jurisdictions that have enacted similar laws: California, Chicago, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New York City,…

June 20, 2016
Philadelphia Becomes the First Jurisdiction in 2016 to Restrict Employers from Using Credit Information in Employment Decisions

On June 7, 2016, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a bill to make it unlawful, with limited exceptions, for employers to procure or use an applicant’s or employee’s credit history for employment purposes.  Philadelphia joins the growing list of jurisdictions that have enacted similar laws: California, Chicago, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New York…

September 22, 2015
NYC Commission Issues Guidance on the Citywide Bill Restricting Employers from Using Credit Information in Employment Decisions

As previously reported, on May 6, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the “Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act” (Act), which makes it unlawful for most employers to use an applicant’s or employee’s credit history for employment purposes, except in certain circumstances.1  The New York City Council intended it to “be the…

April 21, 2015
New York City Council Passes the First Citywide Bill Restricting Employers from Using Credit Information in Employment Decisions

Update: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed this bill on May 6, 2015. On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council overwhelmingly passed a bill to make it unlawful for most employers to use an applicant’s or employee’s credit history for employment purposes, except in certain, specified circumstances. If the mayor signs…

May 30, 2013
Nevada is the Latest State to Restrict the Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes

On May 25, 2013, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed a new law making Nevada the third state in the last 12 months to enact legislation restricting use by employers of credit reports and other credit history information for hiring and other employment-related purposes.  Nevada’s new law, which goes into effect October 1, 2013, follows closely…

April 26, 2013
Colorado is the Latest and Ninth State to Enact Legislation Restricting the Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes

On April 19, 2013, Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 13-018 (the “Employment Opportunity Act”), which will significantly restrict the ability of Colorado employers to use “consumer credit information” for hiring and other employment purposes unless use of the information is limited to the narrow category of positions set forth in…

June 18, 2012
Vermont Becomes the Eighth State to Restrict the Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes

On May 17, 2012, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed Vermont Act No. 154 (S. 95), which prohibits employers, subject to certain exceptions, from using or inquiring into an applicant or employee’s credit report or “credit history” for employment purposes. Relying on a variety of statistics regarding the purported reason that families “go into debt” and…

October 10, 2011
California Joins States Restricting Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes

On October 10, 2011, the Office of California Governor Jerry Brown announced that Governor Brown had signed AB 22, legislation that adds a new provision to the California Labor Code and amends the state’s Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (CCRAA)1 to restrict the discretion that private and public sector employers have to use “consumer credit…

July 22, 2011
Use of Credit Reports by Employers Will Soon Be Restricted in Connecticut

Effective October 1, 2011, employers in Connecticut will face new restrictions on the use of credit reports regarding current or prospective employees as a result of the recent enactment this month of Connecticut Public Act 11-223. In enacting the new law, Connecticut becomes the sixth state limiting employers’ use of credit reports, following Hawaii, Washington,…

Compliance Corner

About Littler:

Checkr, in partnership with Littler, is proud to present relevant, up-to-date news, briefs, and analysis in employment and labor law. Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice with more than 1,300 attorneys in over 75 offices worldwide.