Taking mental health info out of background screening

Mental health history no indication of person's integrity, safety risk
By Carolyn Dewa
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/18/2015

It’s generally understood that background checks are performed for good reason. But there are potential privacy issues: The information provided to prospective employers is drawn from police databases that may contain information about a history of mental illness, if that history also involved a police contact. 


A police contact does not necessarily mean a person broke the law and was convicted. Rather, it can occur because he was investigated but not charged, was a victim or witness of a crime, or had non-criminal contact with police during an episode of mental illness.