Elder abuse legislation coming soon in Tennessee

wjhl.com. Elder AbuseThe legislation would make it more difficult for people with a criminal history to be employed in positions where they will be working with the elderly – one of the most vulnerable groups in society. The bill would require background checks for people who work directly with patients before they’re hired. Currently, employees have a 10-day window to secure background checks after they’re hired. The bill would require background checks for people who work directly with patients before they’re hired. Currently, employees have a 10-day window to secure background checks after they’re hired. Additionally, the new legislation would improve cooperation among agencies to reduce and respond to elder abuse. “It just puts all of the agencies working together until we come up with one common ground that is to protect our elderly and get rid of this elder abuse,” Rep. Carr said. “(The elderly) are really going to benefit from this.” “Sometimes they’re afraid to say anything, because that’s all the help they got, but we want them to know if they feel like they’re being abused now or feel like they’re being neglected, speak out,” Rep. Carr said. “We won’t let anybody come back on them.” While the ban the box movement (a movement with the goal to make it easier for those with a criminal past to gain employment) has spread across the country, legislation such as this one shows that it’s not inclusive of all jobs. It remains a priority for lawmakers and employers to ensure that with any job vacancy where there is a higher risk – such as elder care, child care, and financial responsibility – the right precautions are taken.]]>

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