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Recruiting & Hiring

Former employer/prospective employer complied with PIPA in relation to information disclosed during reference check

Jurisdiction: - Alberta

In Orders P2006-006 and P2006-007, the Alberta Privacy Commissioner ruled that the former employer and the prospective employer had complied with the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act in relation to information disclosed during a reference check.

"Critical Issues in the Hiring Process"

"Critical Issues in the Hiring Process" (December 1, 2007)  is the title of a paper written by two lawyers at Blaney McMurtry LLP on Ontario, Elizabeth Forster and Goli Garakani.

Criminal record check for new employees found to be reasonable given nature of retail sector

Jurisdiction: - Alberta
Sector: - Retail Trade

Union of Calgary Co-Operative Employees v. Calgary Co-operative Assn. Ltd. [2006] A.G.A.A. No. 17 (QL)

Presentation: "Reference Letters"

I presented a paper on "Reference Letters" at the Employment Law Conference, Continuing Legal Education seminar that was held in Vancouver on May 11 and 12, 2006.

BC Privacy Commissioner releases FAQ on PIPA and the Hiring Processs

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

On April 10, 2006, the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia published an FAQ on "PIPA and the Hiring Process".

BC's PIPA, or Personal Information Protection Act, came into effect on January 1, 2004.

It applies to provincial "organizations", which includes: 1) corporations; 2) partnerships; 3) individuals involved in a commercial activity; 4) associations that are not incorporated; 5) trade unions; 6) non-profit organizations (such as a charity, club, religious organization or amateur sport association); and 7) trusts (except for a private trust for the benefit of friends or family of the individual who sets up the private trust).

The FAQ is a valuable resource for employers in that it answers questions like:  read more »

"Privacy Laws and Virtue Testing in the Workplace"

Jurisdiction: - Saskatchewan

R. Gary Dickson, Q.C. and Sandra Barreth, both of the Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner, have written a paper entitled, "Privacy Laws and Virtue Testing in the Workplace".

The paper was prepared for The Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan Branch) Mid-Winter Meeting held on February 3, 2006 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

The paper provides a very useful overview of the privacy legislation in place in Saskatchewan, and also covers the following topics:  read more »

'Workplace Privacy & Private Sector Privacy Laws"

David Loukidelis, the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, presented a paper on "Workplace Privacy & Private Sector Privacy Laws" at the CLE Employment Law Conference in Vancouver BC held on April 23-24, 2003.