As a follow-up to our previous client memo regarding the December 31, 2015 deadline for school employee Act 153/15 background certifications, according to PSBA, despite extensive efforts to communicate this requirement to employees, by their unions, their employers, public information in newspapers, etc., that there are numerous employees throughout the state who have not submitted their certifications.

The background check requirements of Section 111 of the Public School Code and Act 153/15 are conditions of employment. As such, if a covered school employee has failed to have the required certifications by December 31, 2015, Districts should immediately meet with the employee to determine his/her reasons for not having the required certifications and determine the appropriate action, including, but not limited to, possible disciplinary action.

Please contact us immediately if you have any questions and/or require assistance with handling employees who have failed provide their Act 153/15 background certifications by the December 31, 2015 deadline.

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Alfred C. Maiello
Alfred Maiello

Alfred C. Maiello is the founding member of MBM and has represented area school districts as solicitor for 50 years. He counsels school districts and educational institutions on leading developments in school law and guiding them through their day-to-day and long-term challenges.