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Oregon Bans Credit History Checks by Employers
Posted By Jim On 07/02/2010 @ 9:17 am In NEWS | 191 Comments
The Oregon Legislative Assembly has passed House Bill 1045 , which would prohibit the use of credit history for use in employment purposes (it was actually signed by the governor in late March ). In other words, employers in Oregon cannot use the information they collect in a credit report to make am employment decision such as hiring, firing, or demoting an employee. The law, obviously, goes into greater detail but the writing on the wall is clear – you cannot use credit checks to make any sort of employment decision.
My take on this is that it’s about time a state stepped up and stopped this practice. Not many employers do it, only about 35-40% according to  an Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries spokesman, but that’s far too many.
The law does allow exclusions for:
If employers violate this law, employees or prospective employees are able to file a complaint and receive damages, compensatory damages or $200, whichever is greater; plus punitive damages.
We need a federal law mandating this so we can save state legislatures some time.
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 House Bill 1045: http://www.leg.state.or.us/10ss1/measpdf/sb1000.dir/sb1045.en.pdf
 signed by the governor in late March: http://gov.oregonlive.com/bill/SB1045/
 according to: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/06/new_law_prohibits_credit_check.html
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