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Background Screening Concerns: Exemption Applications with AHCA and DOH

April 12, 2022
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Nearly 96% of companies run a background check before hiring a new employee. And one in every three Americans has some criminal record.

But what happens when you apply for work at a healthcare facility and a background check reveals your past criminal record?

According to experts, employers may use criminal records in background screening as a basis for assessing and hiring them. Your desired workplace may reject your application because of your criminal record.

So, what do you do? In such cases, the laws in Florida allow you to obtain an exemption that will enable you to work in your desired health facility. The AHCA refers to such an exemption as ‘exemption from disqualification.’

Our team of qualified lawyers represents individuals with a criminal charge seeking professional help to obtain an exemption from disqualification. Here’s how we do it:

What Does the Florida Law Require for Applying for an Exemption?

When it comes to applying for an exemption for disqualification, the Department of Health has to review your background. Here’s the information we help you gather when requesting an exemption:

  • A criminal history checks
  • A comprehensive self-explanation
  • A complete request
  • Documentations of your Employment History
  • Reference Letters

Exemption Applications

Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law, boast extensive experience with background screening Exemption applications. We combine our knowledge and skillset with our passion for arguing our client’s case for an exemption before AHCA/DOH hearing panel.

Florida’s law requires you to offer ‘clear and convincing evidence to prove your entitlement to an exemption. For this reason, we help you gather the documents and evidence necessary to create a strong case. We’ll also submit written information to help you obtain the required legal requirements.

Florida law governs a comprehensive process, which requires you to meet specific criteria to score an exemption for disqualification. Here are its primary requirements:

  • The facts and circumstances surrounding the offense(s)
  • The nature of the harm to the victim;
  • Whether the person is on probation or parole;
  • The length of time since the last offense;
  • Work experience
  • Personal references
  • Performance evaluations
  • Probation or parole violations
  • Education
  • Other evidence of rehabilitation
  • Honesty and candor

How Do Howell, Buchan, and Strong Help You Obtain an Exempt for Disqualification?

A disqualifying offense on your criminal record can hinder your chances of qualifying for your dream healthcare job.

Applying for an exemption for disqualification ensures your criminal record does not interfere with your job opportunities.

However, obtaining an exemption can be a tricky process. To ensure you don’t get overwhelmed, our qualified attorneys offer the following services:

  • Assisting you in identifying and gathering mandatory records and documents
  • Helping you complete the application
  • Reviewing your records, letters of reference, and more
  • Helping you prepare for interviews and representing you before DOH and AHCA

Gather the right documents and prove your case with the help of our law firm. Schedule your appointment now, or ring us at 850-877-7776 to get started. Enjoy a free no-obligation consultation with Howell, Buchan, and Strong and get the exemption you need!

Gather the right documents and prove your case with the help of our law firm. Schedule your appointment now, or ring us at 850-877-7776 to get started. Enjoy a free no-obligation consultation with Howell, Buchan, and Strong and get the exemption you need!

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