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Bill would limit employer use of credit reports

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A new bill filed in the Florida Senate would prohibit employers from using a job applicant's credit report in making certain hiring decisions.

Under the legislation, filed by State Sen. Nancy Detert, employers could not use a job applicant's credit report or credit history for certain hiring, compensation or other employment decisions.

"I just think we're overusing pulling people's credit reports for everything under the sun," said Detert, a Republican from Sarasota County.

The legislation has some exclusions including applicants for managerial positions, jobs with financial institutions or jobs that have access to expense accounts or trade secrets. Law enforcement officer jobs would also be an exception and employers would be able to use the information.

Checking credit reports has become a common practice for employers, said Juan Menendez, an outreach counselor at CredAbility in Tampa.

For job applicants who know their credit histories aren't stellar, Menendez recommends being honest about what prospective employers will find.

"There's your chance to be up front about it say, 'Look I had some medical bills, I didn't have insurance, I was laid off, I wasn't able to pay." And then there's no judgement made about you and then you're not hiding anything," Menendez said.

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