Connecticut passed an amended version of House Bill 5237 relating to employment-related protections for people with a criminal conviction record. 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
- 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.