July 1, 2019

Connecticut Established A Council On The Collateral Consequences Of A Criminal Record.

Governor Ned Lamont signed House Bill 6921 (HB6921), which establishes a committee to study “Discrimination faced by people in Connecticut living with a criminal record and develop recommendations for legislation to reduce or eliminate discrimination based on a person's criminal history.”

Many states are passing bills to help people with certain types of convictions gain new employment opportunities. If Connecticut creates new employment laws based on the findings of this Council, Backgrounds Online will make efforts to keep you informed via this page and our blog.

Ban The Box

Employers in Connecticut may not put questions about criminal history on job applications. They are also prohibited from denying employment or terminating employees because the person has a conviction if the person received a provisional pardon or certificate or rehabilitation.

Employers May Not Ask About Salary History

House Bill 5386 (HB 5386) states that employers may not ask about an applicant’s salary history. If a violation occurs, the law allows the applicant to sue the potential employer as long as it is done within 2 years.

Limitations Of Consumer Credit Reports For Employers

Employers can only use consumer credit reports if:

  • They are a financial institution.
  • It is for a managerial position that will involve setting the direction or control of a business, division, unit or an agency of a business.
  • The employee would have direct access to customers', employees' or the employer's personal or financial information other than information customarily provided in a retail transaction.
  • An employer has reason to believe an employee is violating a law.
  • An employee will have access to a corporate debit or credit card.
  • An employee will have access to assets that are valued at two thousand five dollars or more.
  • It is substantially related to the position.

Consumer Rights With Background Checks

When a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) produces a background check that includes “criminal matters of public record concerning the consumer”, the CRA must:

Inform the subject of the report that that they are reporting “criminal matters of public record” and provide the name and address of the person who is receiving the report.

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