§ 111.4. Agent qualifications and standards; criminal background investigations.

 (a)  A supplier shall develop standards and qualifications for individuals it chooses to hire as its agents. A supplier may not hire an individual that fails to meet its standards.

 (b)  A supplier may not permit a person to conduct door-to-door sales and marketing activities until it has obtained and reviewed a criminal history record from the Pennsylvania State Police and from every other state in which the person resided for the last 12 months. For a current employee or agent who conducts sales and marketing activities, a supplier shall obtain a criminal history record by September 27, 2013.

   (1)  The criminal background investigation shall include checking the sex offender registry commonly referred to as the ‘‘Megan’s Law’’ registry maintained by the Pennsylvania State Police.

   (2)  A supplier may not hire a person as an employee or an agent for door-to-door marketing or sales who was convicted of a felony or misdemeanor when the conviction reflects adversely on the person’s suitability for this type of employment.

 (c)  When a supplier contracts with an independent contractor or vendor to perform door-to-door activities, the supplier shall confirm that the contractor or vendor has performed criminal background investigations on an agent in accordance with this section and with the standards set by the supplier.



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