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

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.

This is the second labour arbitration in Canada in the last three years that has addressed periodic criminal record checks that I am aware of. The other was the Ottawa (City) and Ottawa Professional Firefighters Assn. (Re) (September 14, 2007) (Picher) case, which was upheld on review by the Ontario Superior Court. I wrote about that decision in this August 29, 2009 post.