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The Potential Competition Law Implications of Employee Hiring Practices

Mark Katz, a lawyer at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto, has written an article entitled, "The Potential Competition Law Implications of Employee Hiring Practices" (September 10, 2010). The paper can be found at the link below.

BC arbitrator addresses whether existing employees can be required to submit to periodic criminal record checks

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Public Safety

In the May 14, 2010 labour arbitration decision in Vancouver (City) v. Vancouver Firefighters' Union, Local 18 (Police Records Checks Grievance), [2010] B.C.C.A.A.A. No. 81, a BC arbitrator addressed whether an employer could introduce a policy that would require unionized employees in certain designated positions to submit to updated criminal record checks every five years.

Jennifer Roper, at Roper Greyell in Vancouver, has written an article about this decision ("Can Employees be Required to Submit to Criminal Record Checks?") for the firm's September 2010 newsletter.  read more »

"Background Check Program a Reasonable Exercise of Management Rights"

Jurisdiction: - Ontario

Hadiya Roderique, a lawyer at Fasken Martineau in Ontario, has written a bulletin entitled "Background Check Program a Reasonable Exercise of Management Rights" (August 4, 2010).

The bulletin provides a case summary of the decision of Arbitrator Watters in Re Diageo Canada Inc. and C.A.W.-Canada, Local 2098 (January 20 2010).

"Privacy In Practice: Top 10 Workplace Q&As"

Andrea York, a lawyer at Blakes, wrote a paper entitled, "Privacy In Practice: Top 10 Workplace Q&As" for the Six-Minute Employment Lawyer conference that was presented by The Law Society of Upper Canada in Toronto on June 15, 2010. 

The 10 questions she addresses are:  read more »

"Privacy Topics in Labour Relations"

Lorene A. Novakowski with the assistance of Kelly Duggleby, both of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in Vancouver, wrote a paper entitled, "Privacy Topics in Labour Relations" for the Labour Relations Conference - 2010 (Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia) (June 2010).

The paper addresses the following:

  • Recent Privacy Cases of Interest in Labour Relations

    • Background Checks
    • GPS
    • Video Surveillance on the Picket Line
    • Access Request to Unions
  • Access and Privacy Issues: The White Paper of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia A Guide for Tribunals
  • Charter Values and Surveillance Should Doman Finally be Abandoned

Pre-employment credit checks conducted by Mark's Work Wearhouse found in breach of Alberta privacy legislation

Jurisdiction: - Alberta

In a decision that came out on February 16, 2010, the Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner ruled that Mark's Work Wearhouse's practice of conducting pre-employment credit checks on its prospective sales associates breached the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act.

You can read the decision (Investigation Report P2010 IR 001) here. You can read a review of the case (The HR Space: Pre-Hiring Credit Checks Restricted in Alberta, May 4, 2010) by Fasken Martineau here.

"Pre-Employment Screening: Changes to the Criminal Records Check Process"

"Pre-Employment Screening: Changes to the Criminal Records Check Process" is the title of an article published today by law firm McCarthy Tetrault. The article addresses an Interim Policy Statement that has been issued by the RCMP concerning processes and procedures for criminal records checks. The article can be read here.

Does the Ontario Human Rights Code protect employees charged with a criminal offence?

Does the Ontario Human Rights Code ("OHRC") protect employees charged with a criminal offence? The answer is "no" based on a series of decisions by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ("OHRT") over the last year.

Ontario Human Rights Code

The OHRC prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of an employee's "record of offences". The OHRC states that "record of offences" means a conviction for:

(a) an offence in respect of which a pardon has been granted under the Criminal Records Act (Canada) and has not been revoked, or

(b) an offence in respect of any provincial enactment.

Decision in de Pelham v. Mytrak Health Systems Inc.

In a February 2009 decision, de Pelham v. Mytrak Health Systems Inc. 2009 HRTO 172 (CanLII), the chair of the OHRT ruled that the "record of offences" provisions do not encompass criminal charges. Specifically, he stated:  read more »

More on employee background checks and references

"Employee Backgroud Checks and References" is the topic of Vancouver law firm, Bull, Housser & Tupper's January 29, 2010 labour and employment law newsletter. You can read it here.