If you recently had driving under the influence charges, you probably wonder if you must report this to your employer. There are quite a few situations where you have to say this to your employer. The rest of the time, you are not required to disclose this information.
Here are a few circumstances where you must report DUI charges and what happens when your boss finds out.
You must report DUIs if you drive
Commercial drivers and people with commercial driver’s licenses must report their DUIs. People in this category include:
- Mail carriers
- Bus drivers
- Air traffic control workers
Additionally, you should report your arrest and conviction if you have a company car. Fortunately, most employers only request this information to keep their insurance up-to-date. However, in the worst-case scenario, you will have to use your vehicle, and your employer will reimburse you for mileage.
You have to report DUIs if you must declare your arrests
Some jobs require you to communicate your convictions. Often, these are government jobs, military service, or others that require background clearance, such as those who work with children. In these cases, what happens to you depends on the wording of your contract. Sometimes, your employer could terminate your job, while others, you face minor repercussions.
Whether this is your first DUI or not, try seeking help. DUIs are often a sign of a substance abuse problem. Although fines and other consequences are a strong deterrent for drinking a driving, substance abuse problems can become too severe. In these cases, your next step should be to enroll in a treatment program.