Excerpted from natlawreview.com, by Douglas M. Oldham

The Ohio House has proposed a bill designed to protect the privacy of employment applicants, but the bill also could make hiring more cumbersome for employers.

House Bill 187 provides that no employer may request an applicant’s Social Security number, date of birth, or driver’s license number before making an offer of employment. This language is problematic for employers, because these are pieces of information an employer uses to check criminal records, driving history, credit history, and history of previous employment with the company.

While the bill has a carve-out stating that an employer may obtain information for these background check purposes, but the carve-out is unrealistic because it forbids employers from providing the information to third parties, and many companies outsource these background checks to third-party vendors.

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