July 7, 2017

Occupational de-licensing in Connecticut

By Caleb R. Trotter Attorney

Earlier this week Connecticut removed occupational licensing, registration, and certificate requirements for several professions. The de-licensing of an occupation is especially notable because of its rarity. A 2015 study authored by Dr. Robert J. Thornton and Dr. Edward J. Timmons, and published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, found that there were only eight instances of occupational de-licensing in the previous 40 years. So, kudos to Connecticut lawmakers for accomplishing a feat rarely seen. And if you’re an above-ground swimming pool installer, uniform student athlete agent, licensed shorthand reporter, residential flat glass or automotive glazier, or real estate intern in Connecticut, congratulations; your ability to exercise your right to earn a living just got a whole lot easier.

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