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Criminal history record check imposed on nursing home employees

A rule mandating a criminal history record check for certain non-licensed nursing home staff who provide direct care or supervision to residents will go into effect April 1, 2005 in New York State. Nursing homes will be required to obtain a record check from the U.S. Attorney General prior to employment for any prospective employee, and the employee must sign a sworn statement disclosing any findings of resident abuse or convictions of a crime or violation other than a traffic infraction. Financial burden for this verification is placed on the nursing home as a cost of doing business.