Background check requirements slow school district’s hiring

Background check requirements slow school district’s hiring

Excerpted from reviewjournal.com, by Meghin Delaney

New laws requiring Nevada school officials to look deeper into applicants’ pasts are taxing the Clark County School District’s human resources staff and extending the time it takes to make job offers, the district’s top HR official says.

The laws were passed during the recent legislative session to help keep child predators out of Nevada classrooms by requiring applicants to authorize potential employers to request more information – including any allegations, investigations or disciplinary measures related to sexual misconduct – from previous school districts where they were employed.

Andre Long, the district’s human resources officer, said last week that the additional information does provide a fuller picture of an applicant’s history, but it also means a longer review process before reaching a decision on whether to hire a candidate.

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