Alabama Background Checks laws & HR compliance analysis

Alabama Background Checks: What you need to know

There are a number of ways for employers to gather information on the background of an applicant for employment. Employers may simply call an applicant's former employer to confirm the applicant's dates of employment and title and to try to obtain a more detailed reference from a supervisor. However, more and more frequently, employers are hiring third parties to conduct background checks on applicants who have been offered employment. In addition, depending on the nature of the position, employers are requesting reports about an applicant's driving record, criminal record, and/or credit history. There are often legal limits on employers obtaining and using this type of information. When employers hire a third party to conduct a background check or to obtain reports from outside agencies, such reports are subject to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws. In Alabama, employers must comply with laws concerning criminal background checks and driver's record information.
For a Limited Time receive a FREE HR Report on the "Critical HR Recordkeeping”.  This exclusive special report covers hiring records, employment relationships, termination records, litigation issues, electronic information issues, tips for better recordkeeping, and a list of legal requirements.  Download Now
Expunged criminal charges. Applicants with certain expunged criminal records do not have to disclose the record or any related matter on an employment application. Individuals who have been charged with nonviolent felonies, misdemeanor criminal offenses, violations, traffic violations, or municipal ordinance violations may be eligible for expungement. Absent unreasonable, wanton, willful, or intentional conduct, an employer is immune from civil liability for any damage caused by a person hired with a criminal record if the employer was not aware of the record due to an expungement under the new law (AL Code Sec. 15-27-16).
School employees. A criminal history background ...

Read more about Background Checks