California state officials looking to hire 20,000 workers to help individuals enroll in the state health insurance exchange are considering whether these new employees – known as “assisters” – should undergo background checks and fingerprinting, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times available at http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar/15/business/la-fi-insure-criminal-checks-20130315. Continue reading
A new national study from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has found that many agencies that place caregivers in the homes of vulnerable elderly people do not perform national criminal background checks or drug testing and do not require any experience or provide any real training or supervision, according to a news article available on the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine website at http://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/news/2012/07/dangerous_caregivers.html. Continue reading
To promote a “culture of safety” in health care facilities and help protect health care workers from incidents of workplace violence in the state of Pennsylvania, the ‘Health Care Facilities Workplace Violence Prevention Act’ (House Bill 1992) was recently introduced in the Pennsylvania House, according to a report from HealthCanal.com. HB 1992 – a joint effort by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) and State Representative Nicholas Micozzie (R-163) – requires Pennsylvania hospitals and other health care facilities to take steps to protect health care workers from suffering from workplace violence that include security risks assessments, finding ways to create a safer workplace, and helping workplace violence victims report incidents. Continue reading
A recent investigation by WKYC-TV NBC Channel 3 News in Cleveland, Ohio found that consumers should closely check the backgrounds of home health caregivers before allowing them into their homes after reporting stories of theft by in home caregivers, including one case where $25,000 in cash was stolen from a home safe. Overall, the state of Ohio has received 470 complaints against home health agencies and their home health caregiver employees since the beginning of 2010. Continue reading
To assist household employers in their search for qualified caregivers, Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check company accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), has launched a new website – ESR Screened Caregiver (http://www.screenedcaregiver.com/) – where household employers may screen caregivers to ensure the safety of families and loved ones and caregivers may self-certify with background screening to show their abilities and qualifications. Attorney Les Rosen, ESR Founder and CEO, made the announcement. Continue reading
A recent news story from ‘The Oregonian’ described as “a cautionary tale for baby boomers needing help with their aging parents” shows why background checks are a good idea when hiring caregivers for the elderly. In the story – ‘Oregon couple finds caregiver they hired to take care of elderly mom had criminal record’ – a man suspicious of the woman he hired to care for his 92-year-old mother-in-law visited a County Courthouse and discovered the caregiver had been convicted of criminal mistreatment of an elderly person and had a record of felony theft convictions stretching back to 1976. Continue reading
A newly released legislative report from the California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes found that residents of California – one of six U.S. states that do not regulate private in-home caregivers – may risk hiring private in-home caregivers who have criminal backgrounds and suggests that the elderly population in the state may suffer theft and abuse as a result of the lack of regulation for private in-home caregivers.
The report – ‘Caregiver Roulette: California Fails to Screen those who Care for the Elderly at Home’ – revealed that more than a quarter of caregivers accused or convicted of crimes had committed prior criminal offenses and warned that many private in-home caregiver agencies did not conduct proper background checks on potential caregivers. Continue reading
In response to a government investigation that revealed more than nine out of ten nursing homes hired criminals, San Francisco, California-area Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a background screening company accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – has released background check toolkit for nursing homes and home health care to help them avoid “bad hires” too unqualified, unfit, or dangerous to work with vulnerable populations such as the elderly and infirmed. Continue reading
Attorney, author, and safe hiring expert Les Rosen, founder and President of San Francisco, CA-area background screening company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will discuss background checks for home health care workers at a free community forum at the San Rafael Community Center in San Rafael, California on Thursday, March 10, 2011. Continue reading
By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor
Proposed legislation in the state of Kentucky would require criminal background checks for all private long-term care facility employees to help to protect elderly and vulnerable Kentucky nursing home residents from being preyed upon by dangerous criminals.
Senate Bill 44 – introduced by Senator Tom Buford (R-Jessamine) – would prohibit any Kentucky long-term care facility, nursing home, or an assisted living community from employing a person who had been convicted of a felony related to:
- Abuse or sale of illegal drugs;
- Abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an adult; or
- A sexual crime.
Current Kentucky law requires criminal background checks for all employees at state-run facilities, but only requires criminal background checks for those employees who provide direct care to residents at privately run nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. S.B. 44 – which is currently under review by the Senate Judiciary Committee – would extend the criminal background checks to all employees at private nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.
As reported previously on ESR News, many states are penalizing nursing homes that employ workers with serious criminal records. Recently, an Indiana an operator of nursing homes was hit with $376,000 in penalties for employing individuals at nursing homes who either had been convicted of criminal offenses or stripped of their licenses.
To assist nursing homes and other long-term care facilities conduct safe hiring programs, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a leading provider of background checks accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – offers a OIG/GSA Name Search which searches the OIG (Office of the Inspector General) Excluded List and GSA (General Services Administration) Sanctions Report for individuals and businesses excluded or sanctioned from participating in Medicare, Medicaid, and other Federally funded programs.
Employment Screening Resources ESR Home Health Care Check provides background screening services specializing in home health care workers in private homes or elder care facitlites. For more information, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/services/homehealthcare.php.
For more information on background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources at http://www.ESRcheck.com.
Founded in 1996 in the San Francisco area, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen and is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) . To learn more about Employment Screening Resources, visit http://www.ESRcheck.com or contact Jared Callahan, ESR Director of Client Relations, at 415.898.0044 or jcallahan@ESRcheck.com.