Connecticut Background Check Laws

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 State Laws Ban-the-box

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) 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 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 AND FAIR HIRING LAWS

STATE LAWS — PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMPANIES

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.

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LOCAL LAWS — PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMPANIES

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