Digging too deep

When conducting reference checks, employers should know the limits of privacy legislation and what they can collect
By Anthony Moffatt
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Collecting information from references is an invaluable step in the hiring process. However, imprudent reference checks and the mishandling of reference information can cause employers to run afoul of privacy legislation. Using best practices with relevant privacy standards in mind for conducting reference checks is important to avoiding trouble caused by digging a little too deep.

Federally regulated employers: PIPEDA

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