Mental health issues not a crime (Editor's Notes)

Police shouldn't hand over mental health information in background checks
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/15/2015

Employers have a lot of valuable information to weigh when evaluating candidates. After all, the cost of a bad hire is enormous and the benefit of finding the perfect fit is equally large.

That’s why it’s so tempting to cast the widest net possible during background checks, something many organizations do during the hiring process. Checking references, verifying education credentials and social media research are boilerplate for many organizations. (Even credit checks have gained traction, particularly if the person is going to be dealing with money.)