Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 2:49am
Nursing home worker background check bill clears Senate
A bill to allow nursing homes and home healthcare agencies to make quicker hiring decisions passed the state Senate Tuesday.
Members voted 17 to 3 in favor of the measure establishing a centralized hub for required criminal and professional background checks.
Retired judge Susan Del Pesco, who heads the agency overseeing the long-term care industry, says the proposed system could significantly speed up the background check process.
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Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry's measure would require current employees not covered by background check requirements to be fingerprinted, and to approve reporting any offenses disqualifying them from their jobs to their bosses.
The bill now goes to the House.
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