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Employment Screening Laws in Florida

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Florida offers companies with a substantive incentive to perform comprehensive background screening on employment candidates. For instance, if an employer demonstrates that a due-diligence criminal background check did not find any derogatory records at the time of hiring, the employer is insulated from a negligent hiring lawsuit in the unfortunate event that the employee were to commit an act of violence in the workplace.
This incentive is pretty much like buying very inexpensive insurance when you factor the cost of a background check versus legal fees and reputation damage to an employer.

As long as the employer conducted such a check, and it didn’t uncover any information reasonably demonstrating that the employee was unfit for the job (or unfit for employment in general), the employer is entitled to a presumption that it did not act negligently.

The State of Florida employs the recommended rules and regulations standard policies of the hiring guidelines established by the Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA).

  • Background check consent must be completed and signed in a separate stand-alone form separate from employment application as per FCRA. Must be clear and conspicuous to their knowledge
  • Establish an HR policy when conducting employment background checks for each job position. For example, what past criminal offenses are to be considered in relation to the job position

If derogatory records are found:

  1. If doing a nationwide criminal database search, verify that any database records found are updated and accurate at originating source (i.e, County Criminal Court and/or Real-Time State Criminal search
  2. Send FCRA Pre Adverse Action Letter. Wait at least five days to allow the applicant to dispute any discrepancies before taking any further action
  3. If by then, a decision has been made to not to hire the applicant based on the applicant’s response and further investigation of records found — a job declination FCRA adverse action letter must be sent

The State of Florida has not yet passed Ban-the-Box laws on a statewide basis.
However, there are counties and municipalities that have embraced Ban-the-Box laws thereby implementing public sector employment laws towards inquiring about past criminal records in their employment applications.
Public Sector jobs: Clearwater, Daytona Beach, Gainesville, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami-Dade, Orlando, Pompano Beach, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Tallahassee.
Private sector jobs: No cities or counties have implemented Ban-the-Box.

There are several restrictions in Florida at the state level and in individual counties that limit the use of background checks for employment purposes.
Arrest Records
Employers in Florida are legally permitted to inquire about arrest records.
Sealed or Expunged Records
Employment applicants are generally not forced to divulge arrest or conviction data that have been sealed or expunged.
Criminal Records
Public and private sector employers are permitted to use Florida background checks to screen employees. Public sector employers are only allowed to disqualify candidates for a felony or first-degree misdemeanor convictions, and only if the crime in question relates directly to the job position. Private-sector employers can consider all conviction history information in their hiring decisions.
Tip: Employers need to further give consideration to the aspect of criminal convictions and their relation to the job position. Employers that automatically disqualify candidates with any past criminal records will get exposed to a significant risk of an employment discrimination prosecution under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which can vigorously be pursued by the EEOC.

Remember that an employer must always consider EEOC guidance when making a hiring decision. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) calls for companies to conduct an Individualized Assessment based on the nature of the offense and how it relates to the job position prior to automatically disqualifying an employment applicant based on their past criminal records history.

When determining whether a criminal offense would disqualify a potential employment candidate, employers must give consideration to:

  1. The nature and gravity of the criminal offense
  2. How much time has passed since the offense or sentence
  3. The nature of the job (including where it is performed, how much supervision and interaction with others the employee will have, etc.)

The EEOC has stated that employers ought to give job seekers with a criminal record the opportunity to explain the circumstances and provide mitigating information showing that the employee should not be excluded based on the nature of the offense.

Disclaimer: All resources in this “Florida employment screening laws” informational article are intended for basic informative purposes and to serve as initial guidance. It is strongly recommended to always check with your legal counsel before proceeding as new laws may emerge from federal and local municipalities after the date of this article.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Criminal Report

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Florida Criminal Records - FDLE Department of Law Enforcement
Name Aliases DOB SSN Sex Race Height Weight Eye Hair
DOE, JOHN J 19680101 5522 M W 510 280 BRO BRO
DOER, JOHNNY
DOE, JOSH

Criminal History
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–FLORIDA CCH RESPONSE–
ATN/ANONCCHINET/DAVEMILLER
FC.DLE/3071978.PUR/P.ATN/ANONCCHINET/DAVEMILLER
SID NUMBER: 8211984 PURPOSE CODE:P PAGE: 1
BECAUSE ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS MAY BE MADE AT ANY TIME,
A NEW COPY SHOULD BE REQUESTED WHEN NEEDED FOR FUTURE USE

– FLORIDA CRIMINAL HISTORY –

NAME STATE ID NO. FBI NO. DATE REQUESTED
DOE, JOHN J FL-087011968 08/25/2014
SEX RACE BIRTH DATE HEIGHT WEIGHT EYES HAIR BIRTH PLACE SKIN DOC NO.
M W 01/01/1968 5’10” 280 BRO BRO MA
–CONTINUED–

SID NUMBER: 8211984 PURPOSE CODE:P PAGE: 2

FINGERPRINT CLASS SOCIAL SECURITY NO. MISCELLANEOUS NO. SCR/MRK/TAT
PO PI 12 15 CO XXX-XX-5522 TAT UL ARM
PI PO 11 17 16
IN AFIS – 3
OCCUPATION ADDRESS CITY/STATE
MECHANIC 1620 DUVAL ST DANIA, FL 33014
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AKA DOB SOC SCR/MRK/TAT
—————————————————————————–
DOE, JOHN JUAN 01011968 TAT UR ARM
–CONTINUED–

SID NUMBER: 8211984 PURPOSE CODE:P PAGE: 3

DOER, JOHNNY
DOE, JOSH
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ARREST- 1 09/27/2010 OBTS NO.-0002203212
ARREST AGENCY-FT. LAUDERDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT (FL0060300)
AGENCY CASE-ID2203212 OFFENSE DATE-09/27/2010
CHARGE 001-ASSAULT-
BATT CORRECT OFC
STATUTE/ORDINANCE- LEVEL-FELONY
BOOKING STATUS-TURNED OVER TO ANOTHER AGENCY
FL0060000
CHARGE 002-ASSAULT-
BATT
–CONTINUED–

SID NUMBER: 8211984 PURPOSE CODE:P PAGE: 4

BOOKING STATUS-TURNED OVER TO ANOTHER AGENCY
FL0060000
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ARREST- 2 05/18/1990 OBTS NO.-0005311687
ARREST AGENCY-FT. LAUDERDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT (FL0060300)
AGENCY CASE-ID5311687 OFFENSE DATE-02/08/2014
CHARGE 001-ASSAULT-
BATT
BOOKING STATUS-TURNED OVER TO ANOTHER AGENCY
FL0060000
CHARGE 002-DISORDERLY CONDUCT-
STATUTE/ORDINANCE- LEVEL-MISDEMEANOR
BOOKING STATUS-TURNED OVER TO ANOTHER AGENCY
–CONTINUED–

SID NUMBER: 8211984 PURPOSE CODE:P PAGE: 5

FL0060000
JUDICIAL-
AGENCY-BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE (FL0060000)
CHARGE 002 -COURT SEQ COURT NO.-201412345MM10A
COURT DATA-BATTERY-
STATUTE/ORDINANCE- LEVEL-MISDEMEANOR
DISP DATE-03/22/2014 DISP-GUILTY/CONVICTED
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ARREST- 3 07/17/2014 OBTS NO.-0001234567
ARREST AGENCY-FT. LAUDERDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT (FL0060300)
AGENCY CASE-ID123456 OFFENSE DATE-07/17/2014
CHARGE 001-DISORDERLY CONDUCT-
STATUTE/ORDINANCE- LEVEL-MISDEMEANOR
–CONTINUED–

SID NUMBER: 8211984 PURPOSE CODE:P PAGE: 6

BOOKING STATUS-TURNED OVER TO ANOTHER AGENCY
FL0060000
CHARGE 002-RESISTING OFFICER-
ARREST WO VIOL
STATUTE/ORDINANCE- LEVEL-MISDEMEANOR
JUDICIAL-
AGENCY-STATE ATTORNEY BRANCH OFFICE – POMPANO BEACH (FL006015A)
ADDED CHG -COURT SEQ COURT NO.-2014332255MO10A
SUPPLEMENTAL ARREST DATA-
STATUS- LEVEL-MISDEMEANOR,
PROSC DATA-INITIATED BY PROSECU,RESISTING OFFICER-
RESIST OBSTRUCT OFFICER
STATUTE/ORDINANCE- LEVEL-MISDEMEANOR,1ST DEG
–CONTINUED–

SID NUMBER: 8211984 PURPOSE CODE:P PAGE: 7

DISP DATE-09/17/2014 DISP-NOLLE PROSSED
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ARREST- 4 10/31/1995 OBTS NO.-0008945522
ARREST AGENCY-MIAMI-DADE POLICE DEPARTMENT (FL0130000)
AGENCY CASE-5846123 OFFENSE DATE-10/31/1995
CHARGE 001-PROB VIOLATION-
REF BATT
BOOKING STATUS-TURNED OVER TO ANOTHER AGENCY
FL0060000
CHARGE 002-PROB VIOLATION-
REF DISORD COND
BOOKING STATUS-TURNED OVER TO ANOTHER AGENCY
FL0060000
–CONTINUED–

SID NUMBER: 8211984 PURPOSE CODE:P PAGE: 8

CHARGE 003-PROB VIOLATION-
REF RESIST ARR WO VIOL
BOOKING STATUS-TURNED OVER TO ANOTHER AGENCY
FL0060000
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THIS RECORD CONTAINS FLORIDA INFORMATION ONLY. WHEN EXPLANATION OF A CHARGE
OR DISPOSITION IS NEEDED, COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH THE AGENCY THAT CONTRIBU-
TED THE RECORD INFORMATION. IF YOU DID NOT SUBMIT FINGERPRINTS, THIS RECORD IS
PROVIDED AS A RESULT OF A NAME INQUIRY ONLY. POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION CAN ONLY
BE VERIFIED BY SUBMISSION OF A FINGERPRINT CARD AND COMPARISON BY FDLE. THIS
RECORD WAS REQUESTED PURSUANT TO 943.053(3), F.S.
AS MANDATED BY FLORIDA STATUTE 119.071(5), FULL SOCIAL
SECURITY NUMBERS ARE NOW EXEMPT FROM PUBLIC DISCLOSURE
–CONTINUED–

SID NUMBER: 8211984 PURPOSE CODE:P PAGE: 9

AND MAY BE DISCLOSED ONLY TO GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES AND
CERTAIN COMMERCIAL ENTITIES (UPON A SHOWING OF BUSINESS
NECESSITY AS DEFINED BY THE LAW). FDLE WILL, HOWEVER,
RELEASE THE LAST FOUR DIGITS OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.
EXAMPLE: XXX XX 1234.
THIS CONTAINS FLORIDA RECORD ONLY.
UNKNOWN AS TO NATIONAL RECORD STATUS.
END OF RECORD

The funds collected when FDLE provides criminal history information to the public are allocated by the Legislature to support criminal information systems for use by law enforcement throughout the state.
Why did my FDLE search return no results?
Reasons why this may occur are as follows:
  • Subject has never been arrested or fingerprinted for a serious offense in Florida
  • Subject’s Florida record is sealed or expunged
  • Subject’s criminal fingerprint card was sent to FDLE but it contained a major error, has not been received by FDLE or not yet entered into repository
  • Arresting agency never submitted criminal fingerprint card to FDLE
  • Subject’s criminal fingerprint card was sent to the FBI but not to FDLE (Arrests prior to 1983, two fingerprint cards were supposed to be submitted from local criminal justice agencies; one to the FBI and the other to FDLE)
  • Subject was taken into custody as a juvenile for an offense that would be a misdemeanor if committed by an adult
  • Subject was arrested by a Federal agency or in a state other than Florida (NCIC rules do not allow dissemination of national or other state criminal history information for public record/non-criminal justice purposes)
How can I be sure that the results I received from the search are for the subject I am interested in?
Unless a fingerprint card is submitted, it is impossible to be sure if the record is on the subject or if someone else has a similar name and/or identifiers. The accuracy of the information you provide is critical since we search our records based on your submission information.
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