Texas Government Code
Sec. § 411.1404
Access to Criminal History Record Information: Department of Information Resources


(a)

The Department of Information Resources is entitled to obtain from the department or the identification division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation the criminal history record information maintained by the department or division that relates to a person who is an employee, applicant for employment, contractor, subcontractor, intern, or other volunteer with the Department of Information Resources or with a contractor or subcontractor for the Department of Information Resources.

(b)

Criminal history record information obtained by the Department of Information Resources under this section may not be released or disclosed except:

(1)

by court order; or

(2)

with the consent of the person who is the subject of the information.

(c)

The Department of Information Resources shall destroy criminal history record information obtained under this section that relates to a person after the information is used to make an employment decision or to take a personnel action relating to the person who is the subject of the information.

(d)

The Department of Information Resources may not obtain criminal history record information under this section unless the Department of Information Resources first adopts policies and procedures that provide that evidence of a criminal conviction or other relevant information obtained from the criminal history record information does not automatically disqualify an individual from employment. The policies and procedures adopted under this subsection must provide that the hiring official will determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether the individual is qualified for employment based on factors that include:

(1)

the specific duties of the position;

(2)

the number of offenses committed by the individual;

(3)

the nature and seriousness of each offense;

(4)

the length of time between the offense and the employment decision;

(5)

the efforts by the individual at rehabilitation; and

(6)

the accuracy of the information on the individual’s employment application.
Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 183 (H.B. 1830), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2009.
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