Employee Privacy: Alabama
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: J. Day Peake III, Phelps Dunbar LLP
- 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 Drug Tests; Workplace Searches.
- Alabama allows the use of cannabis by qualifying individuals for medical purposes. See Medical Cannabis.
- Alabama has enacted a proof-of-vaccination ban. See COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation.
- It is important that employer safeguard private employee information kept in personnel records. See Personnel Records.