Contractors Who Work At Schools, Health Care Facilities Should Undergo Background Checks

Posted by Kristina Taylor
June 10, 2011

Contractors Who Work At Schools, Health Care Facilities Should Undergo Background Checks

Employment background screening has been standard protocol for all schools, day care centers, nursing homes and other facilities and businesses that care for and supervise children, the aged and the sick. If you are involved in the school system or in health care, you are no doubt well aware of the policies and procedures necessary when hiring someone. They include a thorough background check, including a criminal background screening and drug testing.

But businesses outside those two categories — health care and education/child care — are increasingly finding themselves in the position of having the backgrounds of their employees called into question when working for or even near schools and health care facilities. For example, a new piece of legislation in Delaware, if passed, would require all employees of contractors and subcontractors working on school premises to undergo a criminal background check and a child protection registry check.

If a contract your company wins means your employees will be working near students or other vulnerable people, chances are they’re going to need to undergo a criminal background screening. It’s best to have such records on file from the start, which is why pre-employment screening is so important for businesses across all industries.

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