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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and The Polk County Sheriff’s Office are Supporting US Representative Dennis A Ross Proposed Legislation

Jun
10
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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and The Polk County Sheriff’s Office are Supporting US Representative Dennis A Ross Proposed Legislation
The Daily Ridge

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office are supporting U.S. Representative Dennis A. Ross’ (FL-15) proposed legislation: “Protecting Our Children Act.” It will allow private employers to polygraph prospective employees who may potentially interact with children.

Current law allows businesses to do criminal background checks, which does intercept those who have been arrested for crimes against children in the past. But background checks alone do not help prevent the hiring of those who have yet to be arrested for their crimes.

According to Rep. Ross, “This bill would amend the Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988 (EPPA) by allowing private employers whose businesses which regularly interact with children to polygraph test potential employees during the hiring process. These polygraph tests would help identify child sex predators during the hiring process and allow companies whose employees interact closely with minors to deny employment to such prospective employees.”

When passed, the law will give private sector employers another option in their hiring process. Prospective employment candidates would be told of the potential for a polygraph examination, and naturally, could decline the test and seek employment elsewhere if they choose. A trained examiner would administer the test and ask questions that may indicate if person is a potential threat to children.

It’s time to allow private employers to help protect children through the use of polygraph examination pre-employment screening.

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