Connecticut recently joined a growing group of jurisdictions to enact a “ban the box” law. The Connecticut law will come into effect 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; although, questions about a candidate’s criminal history are permitted during interviews. There are exceptions to asking about an arrest record on a job application in the following cases: (1) where 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.
The statute will apply to nearly all businesses in the state, since it broadly defines employers as those with one or more employee.