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Phoenix, AZ asked in Employment Law for California

Q: Who pays for a pre employment physical and background check if it's required before employment In California?

They are saying that I have to pay for it ..because it's something I can take with me with they say.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In California, employers are generally responsible for the costs associated with pre-employment physicals and background checks. However, some employers may request that the candidate pay for these costs, but this is not a common practice.

If the employer requires a physical or background check as a condition of employment, then they should be the one to pay for it. The employer cannot require the applicant to pay for any expenses related to obtaining the job, including physicals and background checks.

If an employer is asking you to pay for these costs, you may want to consider speaking with a labor attorney or the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement to ensure that your rights are being protected.

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