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July 2021 Connecticut HR Legal Updates

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Connecticut Bans Job Applicant Age Inquiries

Update Applicable to:
All Employers in Connecticut.

What happened?
On June 24, 2021, Governor Ned Lamont signed Senate Bill 56 (SB56) into law.

What are the details?
The bill, effective October 1, 2021, will prohibit Connecticut employers with at least three employees from inquiring the age of prospective employees. The employer may not ask, directly or via a third party, a prospective employee about the following on an initial employment application:

  • Age;
  • Date of birth;
  • Dates of attendance at an educational institution; or
  • Date of graduation from an educational institution.

An employer may request that information only if:

  • The request or requirement is based on a bona fide occupational qualification or need; or
  • The employer has a need for such information to comply with applicable state or federal laws.

The bill can be read here.

An article on the bill can be read here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the law and their current job application forms and procedures to ensure they stay in compliance with the law. The law firm, Jackson Lewis P.C., recommends that employers review each position they employ to determine if each requires that a job applicant be a certain age to perform the duties of the position. As well as review applicable state and federal laws to determine if an employer must have information relating to a job applicant’s age to comply with such laws and ensure their key employees in the hiring process are educated about these new inquiry limitations.