Employee Privacy: Alabama

This item is part of Employee Privacy.

The below content should be reviewed in conjunction with the in-depth federal coverage of this topic provided above.

Author: J. Day Peake III, Phelps Dunbar LLP

Summary

  • Employers have a legitimate interest in monitoring the workplace. The laws of Alabama balance that interest with those of employee privacy. See Alabama Right to Privacy.
  • Alabama's right to privacy provides much of the foundation for the parameters of employment privacy protection. See Alabama Right to Privacy.
  • Limited employee surveillance is permissible, but employers must be wary of the existing criminal statutes governing such practices. See Employee Surveillance.
  • Investigations into employee history, drug tests and workplace searches must all be conducted carefully and with an awareness of the common pitfalls businesses face. See Background Checks; Drug Tests; Workplace Searches.
  • It is important that employer safeguard private employee information kept in personnel records. See Personnel Records.