Using Credit Checks in Jobs May Soon Be a Thing of the Past In NJ

By Thomas McKinney

The New Jersey Senate Labor Committee yesterday approved a bill to ban businesses from using credit checks in deciding to hire or fire workers.  The proposed law contains a few exceptions where a credit check is deemed relevant to the work.  Employers may use credit checks for jobs handling large amounts of money, managing the financial direction of a company, and accessing a customer’s personal belongings or financial information.  The bill passed the Committee by a party-line vote of 4-2 and will now be considered for a vote by the full 40-member Senate.  To become law, it must eventually be signed by Governor Christie.

Date: 11/9/10 – Paul Castronovo – Castronovo & McKinney

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