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Connecticut Passes "Ban the Box" Law

Published:  September 14, 2016

Connecticut recently joined a growing group of jurisdictions to enact a “ban the box” law. The Connecticut law will become effective on January 1, 2017.  The “ban the box” law will prohibit employers from asking about an applicant’s arrest record, criminal charges, or convictions on a job application.  There are exceptions to asking about an arrest record on a job application in the following cases where:  (1) the employer is required to ask according to applicable state or federal law; or (2) a security or fidelity bond or equivalent bond is required for the position for which the prospective employee is seeking employment.  Questions about a candidate’s criminal history will be permitted during interviews after the application process has finished.

The statute will apply to nearly all businesses in the state, since it broadly defines employers as those with one or more employee.

If you have any questions about the Connecticut “Ban the Box” Law, please contact any of the attorneys at Royal, P.C.