• Saturday, March 27th, 2010

COVINGTON, Ky. — Some employers require a credit history, a drug screening and a background check to hire anyone.

Sixteen states, including Ohio and Indiana, are considering legislation to prevent employers from checking credit history on potential employees.

Dan Chaney is the director of HR Advisory Services at Employers Resource Association. They advise more than 1,400 companies in the Tri-State when it concerns human resources.

“It isn’t a protected category where you’re not allowed to discuss it, such as a disability,” explained Chaney. “Normally a credit check would come into play where a person’s job or potential job requires fiduciary responsibility, cash-handling.”

Chaney emphasized that many employers would not even ask for your social security number unless a job offer was going to be made.

That is the good news. Be prepared to talk about all of your past, including your credit.

“So, yes, you have a job offer, and in all probability you will have a job. However, you must satisfactorily complete certain tests first,” said Chaney.

A number of people leaving the unemployment office in Covington, Ky. did not like the idea, but admitted if that would help them gain employment, they would do it.

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