Employee privacy rights at centre of background check dispute

Ontario public-sector unions team up to oppose stringent background checks
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/23/2003


everal Ontario public-sector unions have teamed up to oppose stringent background checks that the province intends to impose on employees working with identity documents.

The province’s Management Board Secretariat announced late March that it intends to introduce new background check measures for about 2,000 employees working with drivers’ licenses, health cards and birth certificates, as well as certain information technology employees. The government is attempting to protect identity information from terrorist and other threats.