Connecticut Passes the Amended Ban the Box Bill

The modified “Ban the Box” bill states, “No employer shall inquire about a prospective employee’s prior arrests, criminal charges, or convictions on an initial employment application, unless (1) the employer is required to do so by an applicable state or federal law, or (2) a security or fidelity bond or an equivalent bond is required for the position for which the prospective employee is seeking employment.” The new law allows an employee or prospective employee to file a complaint with the Labor Commissioner alleging an employer’s violation.  The amended parts of the bill will go into effect on January 1, 2017.

Click the link below to view the amended bill: https://legiscan.com/CT/text/HB05237/id/1406346/Connecticut-2016-HB05237-Chaptered.html

What this Means to You

  • This applies to all employers in Connecticut.
  • Employers will not be allowed to ask about a prospective employee’s criminal history on an initial employment application unless one of the two specified exceptions applies.
  • Employees can file a complaint with the Labor Commissioner alleging an employer’s violation. 
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