Criminal Background Checks Untouched in Connecticut
June 10, 2010
Connecticut governor Jodi Rell has vetoed a bill that would have barred the state from conducting a criminal background check on employees until the last step of the hiring process. And while the state has only 55,000 employees, the governor’s actions will set a positive precedent for the state’s employers.
Proponents of the bill said that finding a job these days is hard enough and that those with criminal records are unfairly discriminated against at the onset of the hiring process. They say that conducting the background check after the best candidate has been identified will decrease the chance that a criminal record will have an adverse affect on the person’s job prospects. Maybe so, but the other side of that argument is that you’ve gone down the long and costly road of identifying the right candidate only to find that they have something in their past that would prohibit their employment and now you are back at step one.
“Applicants are already protected by statutory provisions which prohibit the denial of employment solely based on a conviction,” Rell said, adding there is no evidence managers are inappropriately using the information in their hiring decisions.