False Promises, Hidden Costs: The Case For Reframing Employment and Volunteer Police Record Check Practices In Canada
This report turns the spotlight on the private and not-for-profit organizations that are requesting the information, as well as the third-party companies that are selling background check services. An increasing number of Canadian organizations are incorporating police record checks into their hiring and management practices. Our research showed that organizations were generally risk averse, lacked knowledge of their human rights and privacy obligations, and regularly contravened even basic safeguards on the use of record checks. The available evidence does not support the use of record checks as employment screening measures – indeed given the personal and societal costs of this growing trend, widespread police record checks undermine, rather than enhance, public safety. The report includes recommendations for government, police services, employers and volunteer organizations and third-party record check companies. Read the executive summary and recommendations or the full report.