Conducting Criminal Record Checks in Louisiana

Louisiana now provides that employers may refuse to hire individuals based on certain criminal background information. Also, if the results of a criminal history background check reveal that any licensed ambulance personnel or nonlicensed person has been convicted of an offense that includes the distribution or possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, the employer may refuse to hire or contract with that person.

In Louisiana, it is unlawful for a public or private employer to recover the costs of fingerprinting that is required as a condition of employment from applicants or employees.

No person may be hired by the state department of health and human services to investigate child abuse or to work in a juvenile detention center, correction or treatment facility until a set of the individual's fingerprints has been submitted to the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information for a criminal background check.