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Committee Bill No. 5521

January Session, 2009

 

LCO No. 2839

 

*02839HB05521LAB*

Referred to Committee on Labor and Public Employees

 

Introduced by:

 

(LAB)

 

AN ACT ELIMINATING CREDIT REPORTS AS A BASIS FOR EMPLOYMENT DECISIONS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2009) No employer or an employer's agent, representative or designee may require an employee or prospective employee to consent to the creation of a consumer report on the employee or prospective employee's credit worthiness, credit standing, or credit capacity, or the disclosure of any such existing consumer report, as a condition of employment unless (1) such a report is substantially related to the employee's current or potential job, (2) such report is required by law, or (3) the employer has reasonable cause to believe the employee has engaged in specific activity that constitutes a violation of the law. For the purposes of this section, "employee" means any person engaged in service to an employer in a business of his employer, and "employer" means any person engaged in business who has one or more employees, including the state or any political subdivision of the state.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2009

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To prevent adverse employment decisions against prospective employees on the basis of their credit history.

Co-Sponsors:

REP. LESSER, 100th Dist.

H.B. 5521

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]