Tougher rules for job checks, says report

Global News

VICTORIA – British Columbia leads the country when it comes to stepping on the privacy rights of people who need police information checks for employment, says a report released Tuesday by Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

In what Denham is calling her most important report ever, she concluded too much mental health and so-called non-conviction information is being revealed to employers.

Government and police boards should immediately stop providing mental health information as part of the documentation released in such checks, said Denham’s report.

She’s also calling for legislation stopping the release of information where a conviction hasn’t been obtained, unless the jobs involve working with children or other vulnerable people.

“The time has come to find a new way forward in B.C. that meets the legitimate business interests of employers while respecting the fundamental rights of our citizens, including their statutory privacy rights,” said Denham’s 42-page report, Use…

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