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2018 Florida Statutes
Employee background screening and investigations.
Employee background screening and investigations.
110.1127 Employee background screening and investigations.—
(1) Except as provided in subsection (2), each agency shall designate those positions that, based on the position duties, require background screening. All persons and employees in such positions must undergo employment screening in accordance with chapter 435, using level 1 screening standards, as a condition of employment and continued employment.
(2)(a) Each agency shall designate those positions that, because of the special trust or responsibility or sensitive location, require security background investigations. All persons and employees in such positions must undergo employment screening in accordance with chapter 435, using level 2 screening standards, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment and continued employment.
(b) All positions within the Division of Treasury of the Department of Financial Services are deemed to be positions of special trust or responsibility. Individuals seeking or holding such positions may be disqualified for employment by reason of:
1. The conviction or prior conviction of a crime that is reasonably related to the nature of the position sought or held by the individual; or
2. The entering of a plea of nolo contendere, or when a jury verdict of guilty is rendered but adjudication of guilt is withheld, with respect to a crime that is reasonably related to the nature of the position sought or held by the individual.
(c)1. All positions in programs providing care to children, the developmentally disabled, or vulnerable adults for 15 hours or more per week; all permanent and temporary employee positions of the central abuse hotline; and all persons working under contract who have access to abuse records are deemed to be persons and positions of special trust or responsibility.
2. The agency may grant exemptions from disqualification from working with children, the developmentally disabled, or vulnerable adults as provided in s. 435.07.
(d) It is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, for any person willfully, knowingly, or intentionally to:
1. Fail, by false statement, misrepresentation, impersonation, or other fraudulent means, to disclose in any application for voluntary or paid employment a material fact used in making a determination as to such person’s qualifications for a position of special trust;
2. Use information contained in records for purposes other than background screening or investigation for employment, or release such information to other persons for purposes other than preemployment screening or investigation.
(e) It is a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, for any person willfully, knowingly, or intentionally to use juvenile records information for any purposes other than those specified in this section or to release such information to other persons for purposes other than those specified in this section.
(3) Any person who is required to undergo such a security background screening or investigation and who refuses to cooperate in such screening or investigation or refuses to submit fingerprints shall be disqualified for employment in such position or, if employed, shall be dismissed.
(4) Background screening and investigations shall be conducted at the expense of the employing agency. If fingerprinting is required, the fingerprints shall be taken by the employing agency, a law enforcement agency, or a vendor as authorized pursuant to s. 435.04, submitted to the Department of Law Enforcement for state processing, and forwarded by the Department of Law Enforcement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for national processing. The agency or vendor shall remit the processing fees required by s. 943.053 to the Department of Law Enforcement.
History.—s. 1, ch. 83-185; s. 2, ch. 85-54; s. 4, ch. 87-238; s. 15, ch. 88-337; s. 37, ch. 89-294; s. 2, ch. 90-225; s. 22, ch. 90-360; s. 4, ch. 91-33; s. 75, ch. 91-45; s. 17, ch. 91-57; s. 29, ch. 91-71; s. 229, ch. 91-224; s. 44, ch. 92-58; s. 13, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 8, ch. 93-156; s. 16, ch. 94-134; s. 16, ch. 94-135; s. 1398, ch. 95-147; s. 10, ch. 95-158; s. 33, ch. 95-228; s. 120, ch. 95-418; s. 4, ch. 96-268; s. 3, ch. 96-399; ss. 28, 29, ch. 96-406; s. 6, ch. 97-296; s. 52, ch. 2000-349; s. 6, ch. 2001-43; s. 112, ch. 2003-261; s. 36, ch. 2004-267; s. 2, ch. 2012-215; s. 5, ch. 2016-78; s. 2, ch. 2016-162.