Background Checks For Child Care Workers

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Background Checks For Child Care Workers

Children are believed to be our most precious commodity and this is why a new bill has been proposed in Maine that is guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows. A new bill has been brought forward by Representative Heather Sirocki of Scarborough, this bill would eliminate any mandatory background checks for child care providers and their staff.

Currently in Maine, background checks are performed when applying to work for any child care facility where the child facilitator is likely to be left unsupervised and in the care of a child. If in the past you have committed a crime, it is likely to reflect in your background check and you will likely be removed from any consideration for that position.

This bill would remove any obligation from background checks and make them optional by employers and a decision to employ someone with a criminal background. The bill was discussed during the second week of April in Augusta. It is not certain if the state representatives will get behind a bill that will effectively change the law, it is also very unclear if there will be a public outcry over the likely repercussions. What are your thoughts? Do you think the current law in Maine of al child care workers submitting to background checks should remain the same? Do you think that it is an invasion of privacy? Do you think it is possible for employers to decide who they should hire regardless of the criminal record? For background screening contact United Screening.


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