WORKER’S COMPENSATION AND RELATED LAWS — INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY LAW
72-1321. DETERMINING SUITABILITY OF ITS EMPLOYEES, APPLICANTS AND PROSPECTIVE CONTRACTORS FOR EMPLOYMENT AND ACCESS TO FEDERAL TAX INFORMATION. (1) The Idaho department of labor may request a criminal record check of state and national databases by submitting the required fees and a set of fingerprints obtained from an employee, a prospective contractor, subcontractor or applicant for employment who will have access to federal tax information, as defined in internal revenue service publication 1075 (2016), to the Idaho state police, bureau of criminal identification. The submission of the required fees, fingerprints and information required by this section shall be on forms prescribed by the Idaho state police.
(2) The department’s human resource director is authorized to receive criminal history information from the Idaho state police and from the federal bureau of investigation for the purpose of evaluating the fitness of employees and applicants for contracting or employment, with the Idaho department of labor and for access to federal tax information.
(3) As required by state and federal law, further dissemination or other use of the criminal history information is prohibited. Criminal background reports received from the Idaho state police and the federal bureau of investigation shall be handled and disposed of in a manner consistent with requirements imposed by the Idaho state police and the federal bureau of investigation.
(4) The department shall review the information received from the applicant’s criminal history and background check and:
(a) Determine whether the employee, applicant or contractor has a criminal or other relevant record that would disqualify the individual from having access to federal tax information;
(b) Determine which crimes disqualify the employee, applicant or contractor from having access to federal tax information;
(c) Communicate clearance or denial to the employee, applicant or contractor; and
(d) Provide the employee, applicant or contractor with an opportunity for a formal review of a denial.
(5) The department is immune from liability for an employment decision when it acts in reasonable reliance on the results of the criminal history and background check in making contracting and employment decisions.
(6) Clearance through the criminal history and background check process is not a determination of suitability for employment or contracting.
[72-1321, added 2017, ch. 241, sec. 1, p. 597.]