OLR Bill Analysis

HB 6519

AN ACT PROHIBITING EMPLOYER CREDIT INQUIRIES FOR POSITIONS INVOLVING ACCESS TO CERTAIN NONFINANCIAL ASSETS.

SUMMARY

This bill prohibits employers or their agents, representatives, or designees from requiring, as a condition of employment, a current or prospective employee's consent to a request for a credit report solely because the job involves access to nonfinancial assets valued at more than $2,500.

It does so by removing jobs with access to such nonfinancial assets from the statutory definition of “substantially related.” By law, employers may require current or prospective employees to consent to a credit report request when the (1) report is substantially related to the employee's current or potential job or (2) employer has a bona fide reason to request or use information in the report that is substantially job-related and this reason is disclosed to the employee or applicant in writing.

Under existing law, employers may also require a current or prospective employee's consent to a credit report if it is required by law or the employer (1) is a financial institution or (2) reasonably believes the employee committed a violation of the law related to the employee's job.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ACTION

Banking Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

13

Nay

6

(03/07/2017)