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​Act 82: Court Decisions on Lifetime Bans on Employment for Certain Criminal Convictions

On December 13, 2012, Commonwealth Court issued opinions in three cases, each of which held that the lifetime ban on employing individuals convicted of certain crimes listed in the Pennsylvania School Code (24 P.S. § 1-111(e)) violated the Pennsylvania Constitution as applied to the individual plaintiffs involved. As there are several important impacts on school employers, PDE issued the Act 82 Guidance on Lifetime Bans (PDF) to school administrators concerning their continuing obligations under Section 111(e) of the School Code in light of these cases.