An authorized employer shall not be liable in any action for damages solely for failure to conduct a criminal history background information check on an educational employee pursuant to this chapter if such failure is due to reasonable time constraints of background check backlogs, nor shall the state or political subdivision thereof, nor any agency, officer, or employee thereof, be liable in any action for damages for the failure of a qualified entity to take action adverse to an individual who was the subject of a criminal history background information check. Neither the State Superintendent of Education, the State Department of Education, nor any agent thereof shall be liable in civil court in an action for damages arising out of any suitability determination. Nothing herein shall be construed as a waiver of any sovereign or qualified immunity.

(Act 99-361, p. 566, §13; Act 2002-457, p. 1171, §1.)

Terms Used In Alabama Code 16-22A-13. Liability

  • authorized employer: Any educational entity authorized to obtain criminal history background information, including the State Department of Education, local employing boards, and nonpublic schools which are responsible for hiring employees or contracting with private employers to provide personnel who have unsupervised access to children in an educational setting. See Alabama Code 16-22A-3
  • criminal history background information check: The review of any and all records containing any information collected and stored in the criminal record repository of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Alabama Department of Public Safety, or any other repository of criminal history records, involving a pending arrest or conviction by a criminal justice agency, including, but not limited to, child abuse crime information as defined by 42 U. See Alabama Code 16-22A-3
  • damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • state: The word "state," when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 1-1-1