On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to amend the city’s Human Rights Law to prohibit employers from using an individual’s consumer credit history to make employment decisions. While the bill contains certain exceptions for positions requiring heightened levels of security, the proposed law will affect most employers who have employees working in New York City. The bill will become effective 120 days after Mayor de Blasio signs the bill into law, which it is assumed he will do. Employers should review their personnel policies for compliance with what is anticipated to become part of the New York City Human Rights Law (the “NYCHRL”) at some point in August 2015 or shortly thereafter.
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