Labor and Public Employees Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6789

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYER INQUIRIES ABOUT AN EMPLOYEE'S OR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEE'S CREDIT HISTORY.

Vote Date:

3/12/2015

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/26/2015

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Labor and Public Employees Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To make changes to the existing statutes limiting the circumstances an employer is permitted to conduct a credit check on an employee or job applicant.

Substitute Language:

Specifies the exemption applies to positons with access to museum or library collections or prescription drugs not collections and drugs.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Submitted

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None Submitted

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Eric Gjede, CBIA submitted testimony for modification of the bill. CBIA support removing the dollar threshold but we urge you to consider that many other business have valuable nonfinancial assets and should be allowed to thoroughly screen the people they hire.

National Federation of Independent Businesses opposes the bill. The bill significantly expands the existing restrictions and narrows the definition of “substantially related” by removing a specified dollar amount. Employee theft is one of the most significant threats to employers and reducing the use of credit reports is not conductive to the successful operation of the business.

Reported by: Pamela Bianca

3/20/2015

Reported by: Pamela Bianca

3/20/2015