Oregon Makes Background Checks Easier for Service and Education Volunteers

By Michael Klazema on 3/6/2012

In the state of Oregon, new legislation has been passed that will make background checks for education and service volunteers easier. The new bill will also make it mandatory for some people who work for the state government to go through background checks who were never required to get background checks before. These new requirements are important as they will make it harder for criminals to get access to important state information as well as access to children and the elderly.

Per the new regulations, any employee who currently works or volunteers in service or education in the state will be required to go through a background check. Prior to the passing of this legislation, the system was extremely confusing as there were several tiers and requirements depending on the position. Some examples of those who will now be required to get background checks are custodians, home care employees, and volunteers at schools. The new background check requirements will streamline the way hiring and processing employees are done.

Now that the state is checking all of their service and education employees and volunteers, they are taking a great step towards making sure all state employees are covered by background checks. There are definitely certain things that the state could to do make these background checks even more effective however. Making policies to run background checks on all employees every year or every five years would be an excellent way to ensure safety in the work place. When these policies are enacted, companies and organizations will be able to ensure that the people they hire have clean backgrounds. This will also protect organizations from any liability they may face should an employee commit a crime.

When organizations and companies are looking to do a thorough and extensive background check, hiring a third party background check company like will likely be able to make this process easy and make sure that all employees are compliant with policies. There are many products available from including Multi-State OneSEARCH. This product is great as it allows companies and organizations to search records in up to five states. The records that are available include criminal records at the county and state level as well as a search of state sex offender registries.

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