A new Connecticut law taking effect October 1 amends the state’s existing statute regulating employer use of criminal records in hiring and personnel decisions. The amendment specifically prohibits employers from denying employment to a prospective employee solely because the employee had a prior conviction for which he received a “certificate of rehabilitation.” Along these lines, an employer may not terminate the employment of a current employee solely because the employee, prior to being employed, had a previous conviction for which he received a certificate of rehabilitation. Note that Connecticut already prohibits employers from taking such adverse actions on the basis of “erased” criminal records or convictions subjected to a “provisional pardon.”

Connecticut Expands Restrictions On Employer Use Of Criminal Records