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New Amendment to the PA Background Check Requirements for Employees Who Have Contact with Children

Pennsylvania amended section 6344(m) of the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL), pertaining to background checks for employees who have contact with children. The amendment prohibits employers, administrators, supervisors, or other persons responsible for employment decisions from employing applicants on a provisional basis absent a waiver from the department. Child day-care centers, group day-care homes or […]

PA Amends Background Check Requirement for Employees Working with Children

Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law was amended in 2015 to require that employees who have direct contact with minors submit a child abuse clearance, Pennsylvania State Police criminal background check, and an FBI background check as a condition of employment. Although employers were permitted to work on a conditional basis while awaiting the results of […]

Churches Conducting More Background Checks, But Sex Offenders Still Slipping Through Cracks

Even though churches rely on volunteers to work with youth and children, Josh Weis, executive vice president at Ministry Brands, said they’re only running a minimum of what is required when it comes to background checks. In fact, a recent audit revealed that 60 percent of churches and ministries don’t conduct broad screenings. He continued […]

Did That Mall Santa Undergo a Background Check? A New Bill Would Demand It

It soon could be mandatory for those employed as a children’s character to complete a background check in the state of New York. Employers would be required to run a person’s name through child abuse and sex offender registries and knowingly hiring an offender would be a Class A misdemeanor. If signed into law, the […]

Google and Facebook are not Substitutes for a Volunteer Background Check

It may be tempting for nonprofit organizations to skip the background checks for financial reasons and go straight to social media and Google, but there are just as many reasons not to rely on these sources. To start, some important things just won’t show up. A Facebook profile is only information that the user wants […]

Sex Offender Registry

Many criminals don’t look like criminals. That’s why, as an employer, the ability to run a background check on a potential employee is extremely valuable. An employer has to place a lot of trust into someone that they have only just met and know very little about when they hire a new employee. Similarly, a […]

New Twist On The Sex-Offender Registry: Financial Crime

States have taken the idea of the sex-offender registry and applied it to everything from kidnapping to animal abuse. Utah is expanding it into new territory: financial crime. An early version of the White Collar Crime Offender Registry includes more than 100 people convicted of tax, credit-card or insurance fraud; thefts from employers or friends; […]

Baltimore County Council Backs Bill Requiring Background Check for Coaches

The Baltimore County Council approved legislation requiring coaches and other recreation volunteers who work with children to undergo background checks, a move officials said is meant to protect children from sexual predators. The county is the only jurisdiction in the Baltimore region that does not run background checks on volunteers for government-sponsored recreational activities. “There […]

Background Checks for Daycare Workers Under Scrutiny

A bill working its way through the California Legislature would require the state Department of Social Services to conduct an investigation before it issues criminal clearances to people with arrest records seeking employment in thousands of state-licensed facilities. An investigation revealed that for three years, DSS was handing out criminal clearance letters before investigations were […]


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