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State Laws on Background Checks - California

California

Bus. & Prof. Code §18900

A “community youth athletic program” must provide written notice to the parent or guardian of a youth participating in the program regarding the program’s policies relating to criminal background checks for volunteers and hired coaches in the program. If criminal background checks are obtained for hired or volunteer coaches, the written notice shall contain both of the following: (A) a statement regarding whether the criminal background check includes state and federal criminal history information and whether the program obtains subsequent arrest notification for those individuals and (B) contact information regarding where the parent or guardian of a child participating in a “community youth athletic program” can obtain additional information about the program’s background check policy, such as the entity providing the criminal background check or the nature of the type of offenses the program searched. Written notice is satisfied by a posting on the “community youth athletic program’s” website. A “community youth athletic program” is defined as an organization that: (A) has a primary purpose of the promotion or provision of athletic activities for youth under 18 years of age and (B) has adult employees who have supervisory or disciplinary power of children.

The text of Bus. &Prof. Code § 18900 can be viewed online at:

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=BPC&division=8.&title=&part=&chapter=2.7.&article=