Lie detector tests are any mechanical or electrical devices used to render a diagnostic opinion about the honesty or dishonesty of an individual. Polygraphs, deceptographs, psychological stress evaluators, and voice stress analyzers are different kinds of lie detector tests organizations would like to use when confirming an individual’s suitability for a job or investigating a criminal incident. Unfortunately, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) significantly limits an organization’s ability to use lie detector tests in the workplace.
This course describes the use of lie detector tests (specifically polygraph tests) in the workplace, including the laws and regulations that govern them, the criteria for administering them, and the rights of employees who may be asked to take them. The goal of the course is to enable the learner to administer polygraph tests in a manner compliant with current law.
The EPPA is designed to protect employees from unlawful and abusive exposure to lie detector tests. Severe consequences await those organizations found guilty of frustrating these objectives. The only way to adequately assist an organization in controlling, mitigating and insuring against these consequences, is to understand what the EPPA requires, permits, and prohibits.
Insurance and Risk Management Professionals
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL: This course has been designated by the Florida Department of Financial Services as INTERMEDIATE level. It is intended for the student who has a basic knowledge with the subject matter or who has limited experience with the subject matter.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
This course has been approved by the Florida Department of Financial Services for 2.0 hours of CE 2-20 (Property & Casualty) General Lines – Other continuing education credits.
To provide an overview of how the EPPA limits an organization’s right to use “lie detector tests” in the workplace, and how Insurance and Risk Management Professionals can develop and implement appropriate insurance and risk management strategies designed to mitigate the risks and exposures created by the EPPA.
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
- understand the definitions, regulations and requirements of the Employee Polygraph Protection Act to ensure compliance;
- provide instruction in the application of regulations and requirements of the Employee Polygraph Protection Act;
- understand and observe the rights of employees throughout the testing process;
- implement policies and procedures designed to comply to the requirements of the Employee Polygraph Protection Act; and
- identify an organization’s exposure to liability under the Employee Polygraph Protection Act in order to develop and implement appropriate insurance and risk management strategies.
- Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)
- The Testing Process
- Employees' Rights Throughout the Testing Process
- Employee Polygraph Protection Act Poster
- Nature of the Exam Notice
- Statement of Particulars
- Written Notification
The Florida Department of Financial Services has designated The Human Equation, Inc. (Provider No. 368518) as an Approved Provider of Continuing Education Credits for Florida General Lines 2-20 (Property & Casualty) Insurance Agents. This course, Lie Detector Tests: their Use and Abuse (Lie Detector Tests in the Workplace), has been approved by the Florida Department of Financial Services for 2.0 hours of CE 2-20 (Property & Casualty) General Lines – Other continuing education credits.
- Chapter 1: Instructions
- Course Objectives
- Chapter 2: Introduction
- Chapter 3: Historical Background
- Chapter 4: The Law
- Page 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
- Chapter 5: Testing Process
- Requirement 1: Collect Supporting Evidence
- Page 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
- Requirement 2: Prepare and Provide a Statement of Particulars
- Requirement 3: Provide Notice and Obtain Required Signatures
- Page 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47
- Requirement 4: Use Professional Examiners
- Requirement 5: Retain Records
- Chapter 6: Employees' Rights
- Chapter 7: Conclusion
- Chapter 8: Time to Review
- Exam (multiple choice)