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Connecticut Background Checks

A guide to Connecticut background checks

What are Connecticut background check and ban-the-box laws?

We update this overview of Connecticut background check laws and ban-the-box rules often. But laws change quickly, and we cannot guarantee all information is current. Always consult your attorney for legal advice.

  • FCRA
  • District Laws
  • Ban-The-Box

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Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

In order to set a standard for hiring policies, the federal government created the Fair Credit Reporting Act, or FCRA, which monitors and protects both employers and job candidates.

State Laws

Conn. Gen. Stat.31-51i(h)(2)

Our Take: At the time a consumer reporting agency issues to an employer a consumer report containing criminal record information, it must provide written notice and a copy of the report to the consumer.

Public Act No. 11-223

Our Take: Credit Reports are prohibited in employment decisions unless: employer is a financial institution; employer reasonably believes employee is engaged in activity that is a violation of law; or report is substantially related to the job.

Ban-The-Box & Fair Hiring Laws


Who must follow: This ban-the-box law applies to all employers in Connecticut.

Timing of inquiry: Employers in Connecticut may not inquire into criminal history on the job application form.

Consideration of records: Employers are prohibited from rejecting an applicant or terminating an employee because of erased records and prior conviction for which the individual has received a provisional pardon or certificate of rehabilitation pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-130a, or a certificate of rehabilitation pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-108f.

Adverse action implications: Your final adverse action notice must inform the candidate of what information in the background check led to final adverse action and why.


See which Connecticut counties and cities have local ban-the-box and fair hiring laws.