Employment Services Industry Licensing Guide
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Connecticut Employment Agency

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Licensing requirements for Connecticut employment, staffing and talent agencies.

This page provides an overview of employment services licensing in Connecticut for individuals and agencies. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Companies that provide employment services in Connecticut must apply for a license prior to doing business. Depending on the services offered, businesses may need to apply for more than one license type, and in some cases, an individual license will be required as well.

Company Licenses

Connecticut Employment Services Company Licenses

Companies acting as employment agencies in Connecticut must obtain the following licenses before offering employment services. Applications usually require proof of incorporation or a certificate of authority.

Connecticut Private Employment Agency Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Labor - Division of Wage and Workplace Standards
Law:

CT Gen Stat § 31-130

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Fact Checked:3/9/21

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Employment agencies that do not have a physical location in the state of Connecticut
Notes:

Employment agencies with no physical presence in Connecticut are automatically exempt from registration requirements.

Fact Checked:3/26/21

Initial Registration

This section applies to firms that are applying for a license in Connecticut for the first time.

Form:

Application for Employer Fee Paid Employment Agency Registration

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:3/9/21

Registration Renewal

This section applies to firms that are already licensed in Connecticut and need to renew their license.

Form:

Application for Employer Fee Paid Employment Agency Registration (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:3/9/21

Connecticut Professional Employer Organization Group Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Labor - Division of Wage and Workplace Standards
Law:

CT Stat. § 31-221c

Financial Requirements:

PEOs must either maintain a minimum of $150,000 in working capital, as defined by generally accepted accounting principles, as reflected in the financial statements submitted to the department or meet the bonding requirement.

Bond Requirements:

PEOs must either submit a bond, irrevocable letter of credit or securities with a minimum market value of $150,000 or meet the working capital requirement.

Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Form PEO-1: Request for Registration

Instructions:

Instructions and List of Form for Professional Employer Organization

Agency Fee:

$1,500

Required Attachments:
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form PEO-1: Request for Registration (Renewal)

Instructions:

Instructions and List of Form for Professional Employer Organization

Agency Fee:

$1,000

Due:

Annually within 6 months after the entity's fiscal year end.

Required Attachments:
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Connecticut Professional Employer Organization Limited Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Labor - Division of Wage and Workplace Standards
Law:

CT Stat. § 31-221c

Notes:

A PEO can request a limited registration if:

  • It does not maintain an office in Connecticut;
  • It does not engage in direct solicitation of business in Connecticut;
  • It does not have more than fifty (50) worksite employees in Connecticut;
  • It is licensed to do business as a PEO in another state; and
  • It is domiciled outside of Connecticut. 
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Form PEO-4: Request for Limited Registration

Instructions:

Instructions and List of Form for Professional Employer Organization

Agency Fee:

$1,000

Required Attachments:
  • States in which the PEO is licensed or registered as PEO, its licenses or registration number, and the state agency that issued it
  • List of all clients including company names, addresses, tax IDs, and Connecticut Unemployment Insurance Employer Registration Number
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form PEO-4: Request for Limited Registration (Renewal)

Instructions:

Instructions and List of Form for Professional Employer Organization

Agency Fee:

$1,000

Due:

Annually by the entity's fiscal year end.

Required Attachments:
  • States in which the PEO is licensed or registered as PEO, its licenses or registration number, and the state agency that issued it
  • List of all clients including company names, addresses, tax IDs, and Connecticut Unemployment Insurance Employer Registration Number
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Connecticut Professional Employer Organization Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Labor - Division of Wage and Workplace Standards
Law:

CT Stat. § 31-221c

Financial Requirements:

PEOs must either maintain a minimum of $150,000 in working capital, as defined by generally accepted accounting principles, as reflected in the financial statements submitted to the department or meet the bonding requirement.

Bond Requirements:

PEOs must either submit a bond, irrevocable letter of credit or securities with a minimum market value of $150,000 or meet the working capital requirement.

Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Form PEO-1: Request for Registration

Instructions:

Instructions and List of Form for Professional Employer Organization

Agency Fee:

$1,500

Required Attachments:
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form PEO-1: Request for Registration (Renewal)

Instructions:

Instructions and List of Form for Professional Employer Organization

Agency Fee:

$1,000

Due:

Annually within 6 months after the entity's fiscal year end.

Required Attachments:
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Connecticut Talent Agency License

Agency:Connecticut Department of Labor - Division of Wage and Workplace Standards
Notes:

Connecticut does not have a separate talent agency license, but an employment agency license may be required.

Fact Checked:4/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

https://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/wgwkstnd/private.htm

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:12/7/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

https://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/wgwkstnd/private.htm

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/7/16

Employee Leasing Company - Enter into leasing contracts with other businesses that require labor. The leasing company loans its workers to the lessee while still providing specified responsibilities, such as workers compensation insurance, to the employees. This includes long term (6 months or more) temporary arrangements but often excludes temporary help arrangements. Unlike professional employer organizations, employee leasing companies are contracted when an employer needs to hire staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.

Employment Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment for a person.

Professional Employer Organization - PEOs take on the human resources role for businesses and act as a co-employer in the sense that the client company's workers are administratively employees of the PEO but functionally these employees are controlled by the client company. Unlike employee leasing companies, PEOs are contracted when an employer already has staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.

Staffing Agency - An entity that procures temporary or part-time employment for a person who then works under the supervision of a worksite employer.

Talent Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment or placement for an artist. (Certain art forms are excluded)

American Staffing Association
Staffing, recruiting, and workforce solution industry advocacy group.

National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS)
Education and training oriented association for personnel services providers.

National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)
Provides advocacy efforts, information, and other services to members of the employment industry.

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