House Committee hears legislation on employer credit checks

Currently, in Missouri, potential employers can check your credit history as part of the job application process so long as you grant the potential employer written permission to do so. The Missouri Chamber believes the ability to check the credit history of a potential hire is an important tool in vetting candidates for a job, but a bill heard in committee this week seeks to curb Missouri employers’ ability to use a person’s credit history to make an informed hiring decision.

Rep. Sharon Pace has sponsored House Bill 105, which prohibits an employer from using a job applicant’s personal credit history as a hiring criteria except where the credit history is shown to be directly related to the position sought by the applicant.

The bill was heard before the Workforce Standards and Development Committee and Brian Bunten, general counsel for the Missouri Chamber, testified against the bill.

“Allowing employers to review the credit history of potential hires is an important tool in the hiring toolbox,” Bunten testified. “By reviewing a credit report, an employer can see if a job candidate makes good decisions, budgets and prioritizes efficiently, and is able to meet important deadlines. Employers have a responsibility to hire the best people possible, and the Chamber would hate to see an effective means to that goal stripped away.”

No one testified in support of the bill.

No action was taken on the bill. For more information, please contact Brian Bunten at bbunten@mochamber.com or by phone at 573-634-3511.

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