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House votes to bar credit history in hiring process
Supporters said a person’s credit history does not predict job performance nor does it change a person’s intelligence or skills.
“A negative credit history is a growing barrier to employment for very good people,” said Rep. Andrew White. “Credit history in no way is a predictor of job performance. Private information should be private whenever possible.”
And they said many high security jobs require a credit check for an applicant and the change could convince companies not to come to the state.
“Why is it necessary for the state to intervene with companies to tell them they cannot use a viable vetting (mechanism) to determine if someone will be a good employee,” Hoell said.
“It would not benefit New Hampshire to have this law,” Hoell said. “There are a lot of defense contractors and employers here who would be affected by this law.”
“If someone has a bad credit history but excellent job history, chances are he or she will not be hired,” Kelly said. “This removes a huge barrier to New Hampshire workers to being employed.”
“Their credit report looks very different than it did four years ago,” Kelly said. “What didn’t change is their intelligence, their job skills, their work ethics: all those things that affect their job.”
House and Senate negotiators are likely to have to reconcile the two versions of the bill in a conference committee later this session.
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