Key Points in Checking Criminal Histories of EMS Employees and Volunteers

1. Get their written authorization. Make sure you get a written authorization from the employee/volunteer outlining their grant of permission to you for conducting the check, the purpose of the check, and a promise not to hold the service liable for use of the information obtained.2. Check your state laws. Many states have laws regulating the use of such information and how you must go about obtaining it. There may be limitations on the use of the information, and a requirement that the individual be notified if denial of employment is based on any negative information you obtain. Many states also have specific requirements for EMS personnel with criminal records, and an obligation is oft...

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