Background Checks Will Protect Florida Children, Elderly and Disabled

Posted by Kristina Taylor
June 11, 2010

Background Checks Will Protect Florida Children, Elderly and Disabled

After a slew of bad press and legal woes, Florida is finally getting tough on would-be employees who plan to work with kids, the elderly and/or the disabled.

Lawmakers have passed a new law that goes into effect on August 1st and requires national background screening checks for those wishing to work at home health care agencies, day cares, assisted living homes and similar institutions.

It’s no surprise that debate against the law was, for all intents and purposes, nil.  In fact, it passed unanimously a week ago, ending its route through the legislature with Governor Charlie Crist’s signature.

This is comforting news to not only the people who will be working with these types of employees, but also to the families of those in assisted care facilities.  Florida has received tons of negative press thanks to gaps in its background screening procedures that left both children and adults in harm’s way.

We’re thrilled to be a part of an industry that can do so much good in terms of protection and prevention.  Bravo to Florida for taking this step!

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