Criminal background check laws cover employment in public schools, child care facilities, health facilities, home health agencies, nursing homes, security guards, private investigators, ambulance attendants, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and correction employees.
No employer that operates a health care facility or child care facility may hire a job applicant without requesting and receiving a Child Abuse Registry check and an Adult Abuse Registry check on that person. A signed statement must be obtained from a job applicant authorizing a full release of information provided by the Child Abuse Registry and the Adult Abuse Registry. If circumstances warrant, a person may be hired conditionally after the employer requests a Child Abuse Registry check and Adult Abuse Registry check but before the results of the checks are received. Violators are subject to a civil penalty of not less than $1,000 or more than $5,000 for each violation.
No employer that operates a nursing home or a home health agency or a
management company or other entity that contracts to operate a nursing home or a
home health agency may hire an applicant without obtaining a report of the
person's entire criminal history record from the State Bureau of Identification
and a report from the Department of Health and Social Services regarding its
review of a report of the person's entire federal criminal history.