New Legislation Opens Up Nursing Home Positions to Convicted Criminals

Laws in one state were modified this month to allow convicted criminals of offenses such as assault, battery and first degree robbery to work in nursing homes. The Executive Director of the State Association of Health Care Providers explained that the law changes what crimes would be considered barriers for employment in the nursing home industry.

The law permits individuals to work in a nursing home if seven years have passed since the completion of any sentence for assault, battery, indecent exposure, or robbery. The new laws do not affect those convicted of rape, child abuse, murder or kidnapping. These offenses will still be considered a permanent bar from ever working in a nursing home.

In addition to the above bill, the state has passed a bill to begin finger printing nurse's aides as a part of the hiring process. The finger printing will allow the facilities to perform nationwide background checks. In the past, background checks have been limited to offenses in that state. This fingerprinting initiative is set to begin next spring. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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