• Chapter 385 of the Acts of 2002

    Chapter 385 of the Acts of 2002, pertains to CORI access for agencies that commonly have access to children. This law primarily affects schools, camps, volunteer organizations, and taxi cab companies or other entities that transport children.

    Schools and Taxi Companies

    How Chapter 385 Affects Schools and Taxi Cab Companies

    Overview

    Chapter 385 of the Acts of 2002 amended M.G.L. c.71, §38R to require schools to screen current and otherwise qualified prospective employees and volunteers, who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children, for all available Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI), including individuals providing transportation. This must be done every 3 years. Chapter 385 also authorizes schools to run CORI checks on subcontractors and laborers commissioned by the school to perform work on school grounds.

    Additionally, Chapter 385 of the Acts of 2002 amended M.G.L. c. 6 by adding §172I which mandates schools to obtain all CORI for employees of taxicab companies who are contracted to provide transportation of children, prior to transporting any child. Taxicab companies must provide, to the school, the names and dates of birth of employees who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children.

    Camps

    How Chapter 385 Affects Camps

    Overview

    Chapter 385 of the Acts of 2002 amended M.G.L. c. 6 by adding § 172G, which mandates that operators of camps are required to run CORI checks on all employees and volunteers. Under the new law, camps are entitled to receive an individual's entire adult criminal record (which includes conviction and non-conviction data, plus pending cases), as well as their juvenile record. Both the Department of Public Health regulations and the new statute require that CORI checks be performed on employees and volunteers prior to hire/acceptance.

    Volunteer Organizations

    How Chapter 385 Affects Volunteer Organizations

    Overview

    Chapter 385 of the Acts of 2002 amended M.G.L. c. 6 by adding § 172H which mandates that all volunteer organizations that primarily provide activities or programs to children eighteen (18) years of age or less, and which accepts volunteers, are now required to conduct CORI checks of its volunteers. The law requires that the CORI check be conducted prior to accepting any person as a volunteer.