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Conducting Criminal Record Checks in Connecticut

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Employers in Connecticut are permitted or required to conduct criminal record checks in accordance with these rules.

Criminal history records checks are required for prospective employees of child day care centers or group or family day care homes.

Employers are prohibited from requiring an employee or prospective employee to disclose the existence of any arrest, criminal charge or conviction, the records of which have been erased or denying employment to a prospective employee solely on the basis that the prospective employee had a prior arrest, criminal charge or conviction, the records of which have been erased.

Persons may not be disqualified from employment by the state or from any business licensed by the state solely because of a prior conviction of a crime.

Records of arrest that are not followed by a conviction, or records of conviction that have been erased, cannot be used by the state in connection with an application for employment or licensing.

Private sector service providers under contract with or licensed by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services may be required to have each applicant for employment that will have direct and ongoing contact with persons and families receiving such services to submit to a criminal background check.

The Commissioner of Developmental Services may require each applicant seeking employment with the department or seeking employment with a provider licensed or funded by the department to submit to a check for substantiated complaints in the Department of Children and Families child abuse and neglect registry.

Employment may be denied because of a prior conviction of a crime if the following factors led to a determination of unsuitability:

  • the nature of the crime and its relationship to the job applied for
  • the degree of the person's rehabilitation
  • the time elapsed since the conviction or release

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