BC Privacy Commissioner to consider use of PRIME police database for employment-related criminal record checks
BC's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, issued a news release yesterday in which she confirmed that her office:
- has been examining the issue of employment-related criminal records checks for several months; and
- will take the recent concerns voiced by the BC Civil Liberties Association ("BCCLA") about the PRIME police database into consideration.
PRIME stands for "Police Records Information Management Environment".
The Commissioner's release goes on to state: read more »
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),  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. read more »
Lorene A. Novakowski with the assistance of Kelly Duggleby, both of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in Vancouver, wrote a paper entitled, "Privacy Topics in Labour Relations" for the Labour Relations Conference - 2010 (Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia) (June 2010).
The paper addresses the following:
- Recent Privacy Cases of Interest in Labour Relations
- Background Checks
- Video Surveillance on the Picket Line
- Access Request to Unions
- Access and Privacy Issues: The White Paper of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia A Guide for Tribunals
- Charter Values and Surveillance Should Doman Finally be Abandoned
"Periodic Criminal Record Checks May Infringe Privacy Right" is the title of the most recent labour and employment newsletter from Vancouver law firm Bull, Housser & Tupper. You can read it here.
Former employer/prospective employer complied with PIPA in relation to information disclosed during reference check
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.