Some of Florida’s Businesses to Use Tighter Screening Measures

Posted by Kristina Taylor
October 23, 2009

Some of Florida’s Businesses to Use Tighter Screening Measures

In recent months, it’s become apparent that Florida’s current laws regarding the hiring practices of caregivers must be reviewed.  To the horror of the families whose loved ones are being taken care of by past felons (or those who shouldn’t have been allowed to work in caregiving capacities), it’s been brought to light that many of the background screening policies being used today are anything but effective.

A long-term investigation by the Sun-Sentinel uncovered the stunning fact that over 3,000 persons with criminal records were working with elderly and/or disabled individuals.  Almost as many with similar backgrounds had been approved to work with kids.  The overarching problem is that facilities have been appointing people to positions before receiving background screening results, a practice that is not unlawful in the state of Florida.

Though the bill hasn’t yet been passed, it’s likely to receive a resounding level of support.  As many political figures in the state have pointed out, it’s long overdue.

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