Hire Image background screening specialists report that, effective September 1, 2019, Colorado employers with 11 or more employees (effective September 1, 2021, for all employers) are prohibited from:

  • Advertising that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position;
  • Placing a statement in an employment application that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position; or
  • Inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history on an initial application.

Employers may obtain an applicant’s publicly available criminal background report at any time.  Under the law, employers are exempt when the law prohibits a person who has a particular criminal history from being employed in a particular job; the employer is participating in a program to encourage employment of people with criminal histories; or the employer is required by law to conduct a criminal history record check for the particular position.

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