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Most don’t do employee credit checks

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Thursday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Does your company use credit checks as a method of vetting prospective hires?

  • No — 55%
  • Yes — always — 24%
  • Yes — sometimes — 21%

The good news is that a majority of those polled said they don’t use credit checks or they use them in certain circumstances. The bad news is that nearly 1 in 4 of those polled said they use them for everyone. Advocates of lenient employer credit check laws have stated that a small minority of employers check credit and that seems like it should be the case. There aren’t many companies that need to check the credit of every employee hired.

Lance Haun is community director for, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board.