Some NJ Legislators consider the request of a credit check in the screening process discriminatory. A new proposed law (A704) is now in the NJ Assembly.
The law would allow for credit checking for a position where sensitive financial information is available to the employee or for occupations requiring a credit check such as law enforcement. The bill should not limit your internal security, but you might be liable for the use of credit checks, even a FICO score, for many of your positions if you don’t keep in touch with the proposed law.
For example, the new law would cover employees that don’t handle financial records such as customer service or sales clerks. Credit card swiping does not count as access to financial information. Billing, purchasing and collection, as you might expect, are allowed to check credit.
Usually, when similar laws are proposed in one state, they are quickly adopted by other states as well. Even if you are not in New Jersey, this could very likely become a rule you need to recognize. You can follow the proposed law by clicking on the link below.
Understanding debt collection and background screening best practices can save your business big money. Building up front applicant screening into your business processes costs you very little, but saves you so much in the end. If you haven't already, partner with a full service debt collection and applicant screening company to guide your business to a place of security and prosperity. Contact us to sign up for a free account and get started protecting your business today.
ABOUT EXECUTIVE CREDIT MANAGEMENT, INC.
Executive Credit Management is a full-service Debt Collection and Applicant Screening agency with over 20 years experience located in Central New Jersey. We provide excellent service in the following areas: Employment Screening, Business Screening, and Tenant Screening. Executive Credit Management belongs to a number of Skip Tracing databases and offers services to help locate and confirm the current address of missing debtors. Other services provided are: litigation evaluation on all lawsuit decisions, improvement of the quality of the applicant data, Lawsuit Monitoring, Handling of Debtor Disputes. Executive Credit Management features the best Call Monitoring System in the Debt Collection industry.