Employee Privacy: Alaska
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Thomas M. Daniel, Perkins Coie LLP
- The Alaska Constitution contains an express right to privacy. See Constitutional Right to Privacy.
- Alaska also recognizes a common law claim for invasion of privacy. See Common Law Invasion of Privacy Claims.
- Alaska law generally prohibits employers from using lie detector tests. See Prohibition on Employer Lie Detecting Devices.
- Alaska's Drug Testing and Alcohol Impairment Testing Acts sets forth parameters for employers choose to voluntarily establish a drug and alcohol policy and testing. See Drug and Alcohol Testing.
- Alaska has laws that address monitoring and surveillance of employees and employee communications. See Employee Surveillance and Monitoring.
- In Alaska employers must be careful to ensure protection of personal employee information including social security numbers. See Protection of Personal Information.
- Alaska law addresses criminal records checks, background checks and reference checks. See Criminal Records Check; Mandatory Background Checks; and Reference Checks.