County establishes fines for new home caregivers ordinance

Home caregivers who fail to undergo a fingerprint-based background check every five years could be fined $500, according to a resolution passed by the Palm Beach County Commission establishing a fine and fee schedule.

Caregivers would face a $500 fine for successive violations of the new licensing law, which commissioners approved in October.

The fingerprint-based checks are the same ones that have hung up negotiations between Uber and the county. Uber has objected to the county’s plan to require that its drivers undergo the checks, arguing that would reduce the number of people willing to serve as drivers.

Cab drivers have been required to undergo the fingerprint-based checks and complain that Uber is getting special treatment.

Uber is doing business in the county on a temporary operating agreement that was extended on Tuesday, not long after commissioners voted to established the system of fines for home caregivers.

(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

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