Rhode Island state law has long provided that “[n]o employer or agent of any employer shall charge a fee for the filing of an employment application.” Too often, though, that law has been undermined by other statutes, like those this bill would address, that require job applicants – and even volunteers – to pay for the “privilege” of being fingerprinted and having to prove their innocence. For these reasons, we strongly supported this legislation which would waive the costs of criminal background checks for individuals seeking employment in a number of childcare positions.
Background Check Payment Repeal for Childcare Workers (H 5634, S 792)
Representative Maryann Shallcross Smith and Senator Alana DiMario
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