As if the penalties for driving under the influence were not rough enough, thinking about telling your boss about the incident could put you over the edge.

DUIs are not uncommon. In Virginia, there were over 7,000  alcohol-related crashes in 2016. While they are common, it can still be hard to deal with. Is it necessary to inform a current employer of your DUI?

When to tell your employer

Generally, you do not need to inform your employer of a DUI arrest unless:

  • You were driving a company car: If the police arrested you for a DUI while driving a company vehicle, you will likely need to report it to your employer. Depending on the policies of the company, there may be varying levels of penalty.
  • You must drive for your job: Many states revoke or suspend your license when you acquire a DUI. If you drive for your job, you will likely need to tell your employer that you will not be able to do so.
  • It says it in your contract that you must disclose the information: If you get a DUI, you should double check your contract. If there is a policy that you must disclose the incident, it would be unwise to ignore it.

Having the police arrest you for a DUI can be scary, especially when thinking about having to tell your employer. Depending on the situation, you may not need to disclose the incident. However, it is always good to be sure.