New York City Council Eyes Limits on Background Checks
The use of criminal background and credit history checks in hiring could be overhauled under two new bills quickly gaining steam in the New York City Council. One bill would prohibit employers from asking a job applicant about past criminal convictions until after they have already been offered a job. A second bill would make it illegal to use a person's credit history in hiring decisions. Both bills have gained support in the council to be veto-proof, according to Councilman Brad Lander who sponsored the credit history bill and Councilman Jumaane Williams who sponsored the criminal background check bill. The criminal background check bill is set for hearing on December 10.