Penalties for Failure to Report and False Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect - Alabama

Date: February 2019

Failure to Report

Citation: Ala. Code §§ 26-14-3(g); 26-14-13

Commencing on August 1, 2013, a public or private employer who discharges, suspends, disciplines, or penalizes an employee solely for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect pursuant to this section shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor.

Any person who knowingly fails to make the report required by the reporting laws shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a sentence of not more than 6 months imprisonment or a fine of not more than $500.

False Reporting

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.