Two more states pass “Ban the Box” laws that will affect private employers
Tags : Ban the Box
Beginning in 2017, Connecticut and Vermont will require employers to refrain from inquiring about applicants’ criminal histories on initial job applications.
Public Act No. 16-83, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017, will prohibit employers in the state of Connecticut from inquiring 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 law does not provide information as to when employers can conduct inquiries into applicants’ criminal records. The full text of the law can be found here.
After signing an executive order in 2015 to “Ban the Box” for public jobs with the state, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed bill H.261 which will expand the hiring policy to include private employers in the state. Under the law, employers are prohibited from requesting “criminal history record information” on an initial application form. “Criminal history record information” includes arrests, convictions or sentences. Exempt from the law are positions in which any federal or state law or regulation creates a mandatory or presumptive disqualification based on certain types of offenses, as well as employers who are obligated by a state or federal law to employ an individual convicted of a certain offense.
Employers will be permitted to inquire into applicants’ criminal history during a job interview or once an applicant has been “deemed otherwise qualified for the position.”
Additionally, the law includes a pre-adverse action notification requirement similar to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), stating that if an employer is considering taking an adverse employment action based on a criminal record, it must afford the applicant “an opportunity to explain the information and circumstances regarding any convictions, including post-conviction rehabilitation.”
The law goes into effect on July 1, 2017. The full text of the law can be found here.
Everyone I have contacted at Certiphi has been a complete pleasure to work with. The Certiphi customer service rivals every other customer service I come in contact with. Everyone is always so professional, yet super nice! Thanks for all you do and keep up the amazing work and impeccable service that you provide!!!
Thank you so much! You have such an incredible reputation within our office; I think we would all say your customer service levels are continually at about 125%!
The response time has been very quick. The turnaround times are great. I love your systems and that I can go in and look at the process as its going.
It’s such a great customer service that you provide and I’m happy to tell that to anyone.
Working with Certiphi has been such a pleasure. Certiphi has taught me so much, not just about backgrounds but also the meaning of great business.