[r90] Amendment Protects Job Applicants from Identity Theft (4/14/2009)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Start Date: 4/14/2009 All Day
End Date: 4/14/2009

(STATEHOUSE) April 14, 2009 - Hoosiers completing online job applications will be protected from identity theft under an amendment authored by state Rep. Mike Murphy (R-Indianapolis) and adopted today by the Indiana House of Representatives.

The amendment was added to Senate Bill 391 upon second reading, a bill regarding motor vehicle matters.

"This amendment was inspired by a firefighter in my district who called me last week," Rep. Murphy said.  "He was applying for jobs online, and the online application required him to enter his Social Security number. 

"Understandably, he wasn't comfortable with that, and I don't blame him.  None of us want our personal information floating around in cyberspace.  It's not safe."

Rep. Murphy's amendment prohibits employers from requiring applicants to provide their Social Security numbers online.  However, any employer may require applicants to provide Social Security numbers upon hiring.

Employers who violate this provision commit a Class A infraction, which could result in a fine of up to $10,000. 

"This is a good, simple amendment," Rep. Murphy said.  "The last thing people looking for a job should have to worry about is having their identity stolen."

Senate Bill 391, including Rep. Murphy's amendment, now heads back to the Senate for approval of House amendments.  If the Senate approves, the bill heads straight to the desk of Gov. Mitch Daniels.  If the Senate files a dissent against the House changes, the bill will head into conference committee, where four legislators representing each caucus of the General Assembly will work out the final version of the bill.

To keep track of this and other bills as they make their way through the legislative process, visit www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo.