The School Turnaround Act

Missouri passed House Bill 604 (HB604) on July 11, 2019. HB604 establishes many new laws for charter schools in the state. Among them is a law that stipulates individuals who wish to volunteer at a school must authorize and pass a background check before they are allowed to spend time alone with any student.

Volunteers include, but are not limited to: “persons who regularly assist in the office or library, mentor or tutor students, coach or supervise a school-sponsored activity before or after school, or chaperone students on an overnight trip.”

The School Turnaround Act also specifies that school districts must ensure criminal background checks are conducted on anyone who was employed after January 1, 2005 and has contact with students. This includes but is not limited to: “administrators, teachers, aides, paraprofessionals, assistants, secretaries, custodians, cooks, volunteers, and nurses.”

HP604 further mandates the results of background checks that are run on school board members must be made available when requested by a “parent, guardian, or other custodian of any school-age pupil resident in the district in which the school is located.”

Anti Wage Discrimination

Missouri passed House Bill 328 (HB328), which prohibits employers from asking applicants about their salary history. The bill says: “An employer or prospective employer shall not, in any manner, seek or inquire about salary history information, including current and previous compensation and benefits, regarding any applicant for employment.”

Many Americans are paid less than others who do similar work under similar circumstances because of their gender or other protected factors. By prohibiting employers from asking applicants about their salary history, HB328 hopes to help correct this problem.

HB328 stipulates may voluntarily disclose their salary to a prospective employer.

Ban The Box

In Executive Order 16-04, signed by Governor Jeremiah W. Nixon, the state of Missouri decreed that all departments, agencies and boards and commissions in the Executive Branch must remove question about criminal histories from job applications.

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