(A) The following standards are mandatory:
(1) When children are present during the waking hours, there shall be at least one child-care staff member for each twelve children at the CRC and a female child care worker shall be on duty at all times when female residents are present. A ratio of twenty-five children to one child-care staff member shall be required for sleeping hours.
(2) An agency shall request the bureau of criminal identification and investigation (BCII) to conduct a criminal records check with respect to any prospective employee who has applied to the agency for appointment or employment.
(3) The agency shall inform each prospective employee at the time of initial application, that as a precondition to being approved for that position:
(a) The person is required to complete the BCII prescribed criminal records check form and provide a set of fingerprint impressions; and
(b) A criminal records check is required to be conducted by BCII and, except as provided in paragraph (A)(19) of this rule, satisfactorily completed if the prospective employee comes under final consideration for appointment or employment.
(4) The agency shall provide each person listed in paragraph (A)(2) of this rule with a copy of the BCII prescribed criminal records check form and a BCII standard impression sheet to obtain fingerprint impressions.
(5) Any person listed in paragraph (A)(2) of this rule who receives a copy of the BCII prescribed criminal records check form and a BCII standard impression sheet and who is requested by the agency to complete the form and provide a set of fingerprints impressions shall:
(a) Complete the form or provide all the information necessary to complete the form;
(b) Provide the impression sheet with the impressions of the person's fingerprints; and
(c) Submit the completed form and the impression sheet to the agency.
(6) If a prospective employee seeking appointment or employment by an agency fails to provide the information necessary to complete the form or fails to provide fingerprint impressions, the prospective employee shall not be employed by the agency.
(7) The agency shall obtain the completed form and fingerprint impression sheet from each person listed in paragraph (A)(2) of this rule and forward the form and fingerprint impression sheet to BCII at the time the agency requests a criminal records check.
(8) The agency shall request that BCII obtain information from the federal bureau of investigation (FBI) as a part of the criminal records check for the person if:
(a) The person does not present proof of residency in Ohio for the five-year period immediately prior to the date upon which the criminal records check is requested; or
(b) The person does not provide evidence that within that five-year period, BCII has requested information about the person from the FBI in a criminal records check.
(9) The agency may request that BCII include information from the FBI in the criminal records check if the person presents proof of residency in Ohio for that five-year period.
(11) The agency may charge a prospective employee a fee for the costs incurred in obtaining a criminal records check. A fee charged by the agency shall not exceed the fee paid by the agency to BCII. If a fee is charged, the agency shall notify the person at the time of initial application of the amount of the fee and that, unless the fee is paid, the person will not be considered for employment.
(12) The report of any criminal records check conducted by BCII in accordance with section 109.572 of the Revised Code and pursuant to a request made by the agency is not a public record. The report shall be made available only to the following persons:
(a) The person who is the subject of the criminal records check or the person's representative.
(b) The agency requesting the criminal records check or its representative.
(c) Any court, hearing officer, or other necessary individual involved in a case dealing with the denial of employment, approval or certification to the person.
(d) ODYS employees as required for compliance, inspection or monitoring purposes.
(13) Reports from BCII or any other local, state, or federal agency regarding a person's criminal record are valid for a period of one year from the date of the report.
(14) An agency shall document that any person hired after October 29, 1993 as administrator, child care staff, caseworker, or in any other position responsible for a child's care in out-of-home care shall not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any of the offenses listed in paragraph (A)(15)(a) of this rule except as provided in paragraph (A)(16) of this rule.
(15) Except as provided in paragraph (A)(16) of this rule, an agency shall not, as of October 29, 1993, hire a prospective employee as administrator, child care staff, caseworker, or in any other position responsible for a child's care in out-of-home-care if the person has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any of the following offenses:
(a) A violation of section 2903.01, 2903.02, 2903.03, 2903.04, 2903.11, 2903.12, 2903.13, 2903.16, 2903.21, 2903.34, 2905.01, 2905.02, 2905.05, 2907.02, 2907.03, 2907.04, 2907.05, 2907.06, 2907.07, 2907.08, 2907.09, 2907.21, 2907.22, 2907.23, 2907.25, 2907.31, 2907.32, 2907.321, 2907.322, 2907.323, 2911.01, 2911.02, 2911.11, 2911.12, 2919.12, 2919.22, 2919.24, 2919.25, 2923.12, 2923.13, 2923.161, 2925.02, 2925.03, 2925.04, 2925.05, 2925.06, or 3716.11 of the Revised Code, a violation of section 2905.04 of the Revised Code as it existed prior to July 1, 1996, a violation of section 2919.23 of the Revised Code that would have been a violation of section 2905.04 of the Revised Code as it existed prior to July 1, 1996, had the violation been committed prior to that date, a violation of section 2925.11 of the Revised Code that is not a minor drug possession offense, or felonious sexual penetration in violation of former section 2907.12 of the Revised Code;
(b) A violation of an existing or former law of this state that is substantially equivalent to any of the offenses listed in paragraph (A)(15)(a) of this rule.
(16) A prospective employee convicted of or who has pleaded guilty to an offense listed in paragraph (A)(15)(a) of this rule may be hired by an agency as an administrator, child care staff or caseworker, or in any other position responsible for a child's care in out-of-home care only if the following conditions have been met:
(a) Where the offense was a misdemeanor, or would have been a misdemeanor if conviction had occurred under the current criminal code, at least three years have elapsed from the date the prospective employee was fully discharged from any imprisonment or probation arising from the conviction. A prospective employee who has had a misdemeanor record of conviction sealed by a court pursuant to section 2953.32 of the Revised Code shall be considered to have met this condition.
(b) Where the offense was a felony, at least ten years have elapsed since the person was fully discharged from imprisonment or probation.
(c) The victim of the offense was not one of the following:
(1) A person under the age of eighteen.
(6) A person sixty years of age or older.
(d) Hiring the prospective employee will not jeopardize in any way the health, safety or welfare of the children the agency serves. The following factors shall be considered in determining whether to hire the prospective employee:
(1) The person's age at the time of the offense.
(2) The nature and seriousness of the offense.
(3) The circumstances under which the offense was committed.
(4) The degree to which the person participated in the offense.
(5) The time elapsed since the person was fully discharged from imprisonment or probation.
(6) The likelihood that the circumstances leading to the offense will recur.
(7) Whether the person is a repeat offender.
(8) The person's employment record.
(9) The person's efforts at rehabilitation and the results of those efforts.
(10) Whether any criminal proceedings are pending against the person.
(11) Whether the person has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony contained in the Revised Code that is not listed in paragraph (A)(15)(a) of this rule, if the felony bears a direct and substantial relationship to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled.
(12) Any others factors the PCSA, PCPA, PNA considers relevant.
(17) It is the prospective employee's duty to provide written verification that the conditions specified in paragraph (A)(16) of this rule are met. If the prospective employee fails to provide such proof or if the agency determines that the proof offered by the prospective employee is inconclusive or insufficient, the person shall not be hired. Any doubt shall be resolved in favor of protecting the children the agency serves.
(18) To determine whether a prospective employee is qualified to be hired pursuant to paragraph (A)(15)(a) of this rule, a criminal records check shall be conducted pursuant to this rule.
(19) An agency may conditionally hire a prospective employee until the criminal records check required by this rule is completed and the agency receives the results of the criminal record check, if the prospective employee submits to the agency a signed statement attesting that the prospective employee has not been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any offense listed in paragraph (A)(15)(a) of this rule. If the results of the criminal record check indicate that the person does not qualify for employment, the agency shall release the person from employment.
(20) The provisions of paragraph (A)(16) of this rule must be considered for any prospective employee who has been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, one or more of the offenses listed in paragraph (A)(15)(a) of this rule even if the person's record has been sealed by a court pursuant to section 2953.32 of the Revised Code because the information contained in the sealed record bears a direct and substantial relationship to the care of children who may be entrusted to the person's care.
(21) A conviction of, or plea of guilty to, an offense listed in paragraph (A)(15)(a) of this rule shall not prevent a prospective employee's hire if the person has been granted an unconditional pardon for the offense pursuant to Chapter 2967. of the Revised Code or the conviction or guilty plea has been set aside pursuant to law. "Unconditional pardon" includes a conditional pardon with respect to which all conditions have been performed or have transpired.
(22) Current employees suspected of involvement in any of the offenses listed in paragraph (A)(15)(a) of this rule shall be terminated, suspended or removed from contact with residents until the public children services agency or law enforcement agency has completed its investigation and has made applicable recommendations.
(23) An agency shall assure that all staff hired or who are under any personal service contract who are required by law to possess any professional licensure or certification are so licensed or certified.
(B) The following standards are recommended:
(1) Each CRC shall have written policies and procedures concerning personnel matters including, but not limited to, job descriptions and job qualifications. The policies and procedures shall be approved by the parent agency and be available to all employees.
(2) Written policy and procedure provide for provisional appointment to ensure the availability of personnel for short-term, full-time or part-time work in an emergency situation.
(3) Written policy and procedure provide for a written annual performance evaluation of all employees, which is based on defined criteria and is reviewed and discussed with the employee.
(4) Written policy and procedure provide for a current, accurate, and confidential personnel record for each employee; confidentiality is ensured by restricting its availability to only the employee who is the subject of the record and to other agency employees who have a need for the record in the performance of their duties. A written procedure exists whereby the employee can challenge information in his or her personnel file and have it corrected or removed if it proves to be inaccurate.
(5) There is a written employee grievance procedure which is available to all employees.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 08/14/2014 and 10/30/2019
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 5139.04
Rule Amplifies: 5139.04, 2151.86
Prior Effective Dates: 12/11/1988, 8/16/1999