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Experts Ponder Background Check Question

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—CANADA & U.S.

April 12, 2013

In The Globe and Mail’s “Nine to Five” feature, two human resources experts weigh in on questions about policies requiring employees to undergo criminal background checks. One U.S.-based expert suggests “there are limits to what a company can request of its employees. Your employer must comply with applicable federal, provincial and local employment laws.” She notes, however, that such a policy may be completely legal. A Canada-based expert cautions, “These types of background checks will likely become standard across organizations providing services to others, such as professional consulting services, and within the financial industry.”
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