Q. I have heard that Illinois law requires background checks for employees. Is this true?
A. Partly. The Illinois General Assembly recently passed legislation that Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed. The new law requires background checks for three specific types of employees: those employees in health care, carnivals and private schools.
Illinois law requires that employers perform “fingerprint-based criminal history checks” for all health care workers who have direct contact with patients and records. Carnival owners now are required to perform checks of criminal history and the sex offender registry for all carnival workers and applicants. Finally, private schools are required to conduct fingerprint-based criminal background checks on new employees.
Regardless of the statutory requirements, performing background checks is always a beneficial step to take to rebut claims that the company was not sufficiently careful in its hiring procedures.
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