State Legislative Affairs
Damian Taylor, Esq. - State Legislative Affairs Director
Credit Check Bill Introduced in Florida Senate
Senate Bill 102 was filed on August 29, 2011 and recently referred to the committees for Commerce and Tourism, Banking and Insurance, and Governmental Oversight and Accountability. The bill, introduced by Senator Gary Siplin (D), would prohibit employers from directly or indirectly using a job applicant’s personal credit history as a hiring criterion, except where required by law. Employers would be allowed to request a credit history background check as part of the application process if doing so is directly related to the position sought by the applicant, but the credit history could not serve as the determining factor in the hiring decision. SHRM opposes such a broad restriction on an employer’s use of background checks, and HR Florida will be evaluating whether to advocate its position on this bill during its 2012 Day on the Hill event in Tallahassee. The 2012 Day on the Hill is currently being organized, and more details about the event (including dates) will be forthcoming soon. The Florida Legislature’s 2012 session runs from January 10 to March 9, 2012.