As the economic downturn progresses, American workers are facing a
disturbing rise in employers using credit ratings to determine job
worthiness. According to a 2006 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management,
the number of firms using credit histories to screen applicants rose
from 25% in 1998 to 43% despite such inquiries often being
discriminatory and even illegal.
A contentious atmosphere during the general session lingered into a special session as legislators overrode a record total 38 of 53 vetoed bills by Gov. Linda Lingle. Despite the budget shortfall of over $600 million
(estimates differ) for 2010 and 2011, legislators were able to enact a
number of highly progressive reforms including a majority signup bill,
strengthening workers comp and family leave policies, requiring large
parking lots to have dedicated electric vehicle spaces with charging
stations, and reviving basic universal health insurance for children.