Philadelphia prohibits use of credit checks in employment screening

legislation makes it illegal for employers to use the credit information of Philadelphia job applicants or employees – unless covered by an exception – for employment decisions such as hiring, firing, or promotion. Exceptions include:

  • to any law enforcement agency or financial institution;
  • to the City of Philadelphia with respect to efforts to obtain information regarding taxes or other debts owed to the City;
  • if such information must be obtained pursuant to state or federal law;
  • if the job requires an employee to be bonded under City, state, or federal law;
  • if the job is supervisory or managerial in nature and involves setting the direction or policies of a business or a division, unit or similar part of a business;
  • if the job involves significant financial responsibility to the employer, including the authority to make payments, transfer money, collect debts, or
  • enter into contracts, but not including handling transactions in a retail setting;
  • if the job requires access to financial information pertaining to customers, other employees, or the employer, other than information customarily provided in a retail transaction; or
  • if the job requires access to confidential or proprietary information that derives substantial value from secrecy.
If you have any questions as to if or how this new legislation might affect you, our team will be happy to help.]]>

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