Is Lie Detector Testing Available for Corporate Issues and Personal Problems?


Quick Answer

While there are many private businesses that provide lie detector testing services, including polygraph tests, the law in the United States limits the situations in which employers are allowed to subject employees to polygraph tests. However, if the subject of the test is willing, anyone may be tested.

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The Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988, often referred to as the EPPA, is a federal law that restricts when and where employers can require current, prospective and former employees to take polygraph tests. Employers are required to give notice and can only demand such tests when an employee is believed to be involved in a specific economic loss to the employer, or when an employee is applying for a job that requires additional care, such as security or pharmaceutical positions.

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