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Preemployment Screening and Testing: Kentucky

Preemployment Screening and Testing requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: William C. Vail, Jr., Fisher Phillips


  • Care should be taken when refusing to hire an individual due to a criminal background search. See Criminal Records.
  • Certain types of Kentucky employers must conduct criminal background checks of job applicants. See Mandatory Background Checks.
  • Performing documented background checks can help an employer avoid liability for a claim of negligent hiring. See Negligent Hiring.
  • Kentucky law provides an employer with a path for avoiding liability for negligent hiring if it chooses to hire a person who failed an employment-related drug screen. See Drug Testing.
  • Kentucky employers are prohibited from discharging or refusing to hire an individual due to AIDS or HIV except in very limited circumstances. See AIDS Testing.
  • Louisville has requirements pertaining to preemployment screening and testing. See Local Requirements.