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NY governor wants to limit pre-employment credit checks

January 17, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to prohibit pre-employment credit checks for most jobs.

The Democrat’s proposal would prevent employers from requiring credit checks of as a hiring requirement. Cuomo announced the measure Tuesday.

Cuomo argues the checks can create unnecessary hurdles for workers with poor credit and typically don’t tell employers much about their ability to work a job.

Pre-employment credit screening would still be allowed for certain jobs, such as law enforcement or occupations that come with fiduciary responsibilities or involve access to trade secrets or national security

Cuomo’s idea now goes to lawmakers, who must approve the change.

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