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  •  I agree with this idea (3+ / 0-)

    However, what about background checks and credit checks?

    While I understand companies need to know who they are hiring, wouldn't a background check tell them about any prison time served?  And how would these recently released people ever pass a credit check?  Frankly, I think more people are being deprived of work because of that ridiculous infringement on privacy.

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    by Miss Blue on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 09:06:35 AM PST

    •  "While I understand companies need to know (1+ / 0-)
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      SoCalSocialist

      who they are hiring..."

      Why?

      Why do they have a need to know this?

      •  I've never had an HR (0+ / 0-)

        manager offer to let me run a background and credit check on him/her or the company's officers before making an employment decision.  

        I walked out of a job interview once just because the first thing they handed me was an inch thick stack of documents letting them examine all aspects of my life in intimate detail.  I wouldn't work for the Stasi and I wont' work for a company that acts like them.

    •  Credit checks should be forbidden... (4+ / 0-)

      ...except for very limited and specific jobs.  Your ability to pay your bills has almost nothing to do with your ability to perform most jobs.  Maybe your credit is bad precisely because you haven't had a job from which you can make money to pay your bills.

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