A new Florida law will make it more difficult for people to become caregivers for children, the elderly, and disabled adults. Caregivers will now have to pass a nationwide background check before they can begin working. The law was unanimously passed by the Florida Legislature and will take effect August 1.
The new law was the result in part from a Sun Sentinel investigation that revealed disturbing facts about the people who were hired to work as caregivers. This group of people consisted of people who had been previously convicted of rape, child abuse, and murder. Under the outdated laws, people with criminal histories could still work as caregivers if they obtained an exemption stating that they were rehabilitated. In previous years more than 8,700 people were granted exemptions. Among this group of people were sex offenders and convicted murderers.
Obviously, the laws previously in place were not effective and put children, the elderly, and the disabled at risk. The prior laws allowed placement of dangerous and untrustworthy people into positions of trust and responsibility. After media attention sparked a public outcry for reform, the new Florida laws were adopted. Now, top Florida state officials will have to approve any exemption made for people with a prior criminal history. Also, the new law permanently bars sex offenders and career criminals from ever working as a caregiver.
Children, the elderly, and the disabled adults are susceptible / at risk of being taken advantage of and the new Florida Law should help weed out those who should not working in day care centers, nursing homes and other caregiver environments, locations, and facilities. An injury lawyer may be able to help you on any issues that stem from caregiver abuse including serious personal injuries.
If you would like to read more about this top see Florida Caregivers Undergo Stricter Screening Procedures.