Fingerprint Background Check
Effective January 1, 2014 Georgia passed new regulations and legislation that require new employees working in licensed child care settings to undergo federal fingerprint background checks in order to work with children. Existing employees that remain at the same program are "grandfathered" in until January 1, 2017 at which time they must have submitted to DECAL their fingerprint checks for determination.
There have been many questions about "who" is an employee in the eyes of DECAL. Please review this chart by DECAL for clarification.
Definition of an Employee
An employee can be hired utilizing a "provisional employee" status which means that they have a satisfactory state criminal record check that was run within 10 days of hire. The provisional employee will then have 21 days to "submit" to DECAL their fingerprint check and wait for DECAL to return the determination results to both the employee and the employer. If a program uses a state check, they must make a determination of those results. They must be run with a purpose code " w", works with children. To make a determination, the owner/director should sign and date the results and write on it that they can or cannot work. Some crimes that are returned on state results are permissible to still work with children, such as a DUI or shoplifting under $100. It is up to each employer to make this determination. Contact your consultant with specific questions.
Tips on How to Read a Preliminary Record Check