HARRISBURG – The Division of Human Companies (DHS) on Tuesday launched steering for individuals needing Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) felony historical past background checks as a situation of employment whereas counties are working beneath stay-at-home orders and differing factors of the reopening plan.
Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 18 of 2020, which extends the time interval for sure professions to acquire an FBI background verify upon hiring.
“The restricted variety of places the place people will be fingerprinted has created challenges for these required to obtain an FBI background verify for employment or different involvement in baby welfare and baby care methods as per required by the Little one Protecting Companies Legislation (CPSL),” stated DHS Secretary Teresa Miller.
“The Wolf Administration is dedicated to serving to Pennsylvanians meet this requirement and the place this isn’t doable, permitting non permanent flexibilities that guarantee people who acquire different required clearances are capable of fill important service positions.”
With a purpose to obtain an FBI background verify, fingerprints should be submitted as a part of the felony historical past verify. Fingerprint scans can usually be taken at an IdentoGO location within the commonwealth, however as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, many IdentoGO places are quickly closed, creating challenges for individuals nonetheless making an attempt to fulfill the fingerprinting requirement.
Beneath Act 18 of 2020, people who’re required to acquire an FBI background verify are given further time to fulfill this requirement if they’re unable to finish their fingerprinting scan as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
The extension for brand new hires to acquire the FBI background verify lasts till 60 days following the expiration of the catastrophe emergency declaration issued by Wolf on March 6, 2020, or Dec. 31, 2020, whichever is sooner.
People searching for a renewal of the FBI Felony Historical past Background Test have till Dec. 31, 2020, to acquire the verify. All people required to acquire further clearances, together with the Pennsylvania State Police Felony Document Test and the Pennsylvania Little one Abuse Historical past Clearance, should nonetheless acquire these clearances previous to employment. Each of those clearances will be obtained on-line.
Act 18 of 2020 applies to people who should get their FBI Felony Historical past Background Test previous to starting employment as present in Part 6344 of the CPSL and people people required by Part 6344.four of the CPSL which might be resulting from have their fingerprint checks renewed.
The legislation doesn’t lengthen the time for getting the fingerprint and background checks required beneath the CPSL for brand new volunteers, or for public new faculty staff previous to employment, and others required to obtain FBI background checks beneath legal guidelines apart from the CPSL.
DHS has issued steering on Act 18 of 2020 so suppliers and potential staff perceive what flexibility is obtainable and the way they will nonetheless obtain fingerprinting companies to acquire background checks now. FAQs on the legislation can be found right here.
Regardless of this flexibility, Pennsylvanians are nonetheless strongly inspired to get fingerprinted and procure their FBI Felony Historical past Clearance as quickly as they’re ready. A map of all open IdentoGO places is obtainable right here, and this map is up to date as new workplaces start to reopen.
Anybody searching for fingerprinting companies ought to name IDEMIA’s customer support at 844-321-2101 to make sure the placement continues to be working, schedule an appointment and focus on needed COVID-19 security precautions.
Cellular fingerprinting companies are additionally accessible by IDEMIA for teams needing clearances for 20 or extra individuals. Companies with this want ought to contact IDEMIA with a minimum of two weeks’ discover.
Go to the PA Division of Well being’s devoted Coronavirus webpage for essentially the most up-to-date data relating to COVID-19.
Extra assets for residents and DHS suppliers associated to COVID-19 can be found right here.