A new law (formerly H.B. 505) enacted in Iowa will require that all volunteers working in the state’s veterans homes who have direct contact with patients or residents undergo a background check. The checks will cover criminal history and claims of dependent adult abuse. Those with criminal records or histories of abuse will not be allowed to volunteer.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued instructions to federal contractors on criminal background screening of employees. The OFCCP’s directive urges contractors to consider federal antidiscrimination laws before refusing to hire applicants based on the results of criminal background checks.
Without a broad base of trust, society and all of our institutions would fail to function. This is the focus of Bruce Schneier’s newest book, Liars & Outliers: Enabling the Trust That Society Needs to Thrive.