4/29/2008 Connecticut Background Law Goes Into Effect May 1, 2008 (Again)


Connecticut Background Check Law Goes Into Effect May 1st (Again)

Connecticut Senate Bill No. 1098 Public Act No. 07-243 will officially go into effect on May 1, 2008. If this seems like old news, well that’s because it is. This law was supposed to take effect on January 1st, however the state didn’t have the infrastructure needed to implement.

Effective May 1, 2008 all Consumer Reporting Agencies (Background Screeners) must confirm criminal records found on those in the state of Connecticut (on a site provided by the state) before they can be reported to the employer. The CRA must also notify the subject of the report about the presence of the records being reported.

Our take on this is that this is the state’s way of slapping the hands of those that utilize commercial databases as the sole means of searching for criminal records and, or those that perform shoddy background checks. We’ve come to this conclusion, because if you are performing on-site record searches and validating the records you find (the best practice method), this requirement is a redundant step. Because databases can contain arrest records, expunged records and can even reveal records that do not belong to the subject of a report unless the required authentication takes place an employer could be using information it should not be in the decision process.

To view the full version of this statute click on the link below:

Connecticut Substitute Senate Bill No. 1089 Public Act No. 07-243