New Maryland Law Prohibits Certain Employment-Related Credit Checks

A new Maryland statute effective October 1, 2011 restricts employers in their use of credit information in making employment decisions. The Job Applicant Fairness Act ("the Act"), which was signed by the governor in April 2011 and is codified at Md. Code Lab. & Empl. § 3-711, makes Maryland one of six states to enact legislation limiting an employer's use of credit reports for employment purposes. The statute applies to any entity with employees in Maryland, not just those entities that are based in Maryland.

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