Iowa Admin. Code r. 11-54.3 - Examinations

Current through Register Vol. 44, No. 20, April 6, 2022

(1) Purpose of examinations. The director or appointing authority may conduct examinations to assess the qualifications of applicants. Possession of a valid license, certificate, registration, or work permit required by the Iowa Code or the Iowa Administrative Code in order to practice a trade or profession may qualify as evidence of an applicant's basic qualifications.
(2) Types of examinations. Examinations may include, but are not limited to, written, oral, physical, or keyboard tests, and may screen for such factors as education, experience, aptitude, psychological traits, knowledge, character, physical fitness, or other standards related to job requirements.
(3) Background checks. Background checks and investigations, including, but not limited to, checks of arrest or conviction records, fingerprint records, driving records, financial or credit records, and child or dependent adult abuse records, constitute an examination or test within the meaning of this subrule and Iowa Code chapter 8A. Confidential documents provided to the director by other agencies in conjunction with the administration of this rule shall continue to be maintained in the documents' confidential status. The director is subject to the same policies and penalties regarding the confidentiality of the documents as any employee of the agency providing the documents.

Background checks shall be conducted only after receiving approval from the director concerning the areas to be checked and the standards to be applied in evaluating the information gathered. Background checks are subject to the following limitations and requirements:

a. Arrest record information, unless otherwise required by law, shall not be considered in the selection of persons for employment unless expressly authorized by the director
b. The appointing authority shall notify the director of each job class or position that requires applicants to undergo any type of background check. The notification shall document the clear business necessity for the background check and the job relatedness of each topic covered in the inquiry.
c. The appointing authority shall provide a statement that shall be presented to each applicant who is to be investigated under this subrule. This statement shall inform the applicant that the applicant is subject to a background check as a condition of employment and the topics to be covered in the background check. It shall also inform the applicant that all information gathered will be treated as confidential within the meaning of Iowa Code section 22.7, but that all such information gathered shall be available to the applicant upon request through the agency authorized to release such information, unless otherwise specifically provided by law. The statement shall be signed and dated by the applicant and shall include authorization from the applicant for the appointing authority to conduct the background check as part of the application and selection process.


Iowa Admin. Code r. 11-54.3
ARC 0401C, lAB 10/17/12, effective 11/21/12

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