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Screening for Child Care Workers

Washington is enacting a law requiring fingerprint checks for certain child care workers.

The Washington legislature has enacted a law requiring certain child care workers to have fingerprint checks. The new law begins with the statement that "the legislature finds that additional safeguards are necessary to ensure the safety of Washington's school children" and that "the results from state patrol record checks are more complete when fingerprints of individuals are provided, and that information from the federal bureau of investigation also is necessary to obtain information on out-of-state criminal records." Accordingly, the legislature enacted the following law:

School districts, educational service districts, and their contractors hiring employees who will have regularly scheduled unsupervised access to children shall require a record check through the Washington state patrol criminal identification system … and through the federal bureau of investigation before ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • July 1, 1992

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