Preemployment Screening and Testing: Alaska
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Gloria Ju
- Employers may access conviction records, but not arrest records. See Arrest and Conviction Records.
- Alaska requires criminal background checks of applicants for certain positions. See Mandatory Background Checks.
- The Alaska Supreme Court recognizes that an employer can be held liable for negligent hiring. See Negligent Hiring.
- Employers can access motor vehicle records with an individual's written release. See Driving Records.
- Compliance with Alaska's law on applicant drug testing is voluntary for most employers. See Drug Testing.
- Alaska is one of the few states to have legalized marijuana use for recreational purposes. See Recreational Marijuana.
- Alaska law prohibits collecting and testing a DNA sample without an individual's informed written consent. See Genetic Testing.
- Polygraph testing of applicants is prohibited, except in one profession. See Polygraph/Lie Detector Tests.