AHCA Regulatory Update
Livescan Screening Reminders
**Failure to screen and re-screen employees including contract staff is a violation of state law and subject to a fine of $500 per person.**
All employees are required by law to be screened and re-screened every 5 years through AHCA. Because of the livescan screening law change to level 2 back in August of 2010, there was a phase in period.
If the last screening was between January 1, 2005 - and December 31, 2008, must be re-screened by July 31, 2015.
If the last screening was between January 1, 2009 and July 31, 2011, must be re-screened by July 31, 2015.
When you hire or rehire employees that used to work for you, make sure to re-screen them if there was a lapse in employment greater than 90 days.
AHCA sent an email to all AHCA licensed providers about the updates to the AHCA Background Screening law changes. Effective July 1st of 2014 Florida Statutes states:
All livescan screenings must be initiated through the AHCA Care Provider Livescan Screening Clearinghouse.
Additional crimes have been added to the list of disqualifying offenses an applicant is subject to background screening.
An employee, if previously livescan screened and qualified under the applicable statutes but has a disqualifying offense that became effective July 2014, to continue to work upon rescreening if agreed to by the employer, while applying for an exemption and waiting for determination as long as the employee is eligible to apply for an exemption and the application is received by the appropriate agency within 20 days after receipt of the livescan rescreening results.
The three year waiting period after payment of court ordered monetary amounts that was required to be eligible for exemption from disqualification for certain felony convictions is eliminated. However, all court ordered fees, fines or other monetary requirements must be paid in full and three must have elapsed since being lawfully released from confinement, supervision, or non monetary condition imposed by the court as a condition of being able to apply for an exemption.