Understanding global screening

Weighing availability of information and compliance concerns against issues around costs and turnaround time
By Iain Murray
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/23/2016

By Iain Murray

Hiring candidates who work or previously worked in other countries adds a layer of complexity and mystery to criminal record checks. Compliance with foreign privacy laws, the type of information available, budget, turnaround time and how to interpret results are all key considerations for most recruiters.

For example, one Canadian organization historically sent candidates to the local police to obtain a criminal record check — a typical scenario for employers as police services can provide a comprehensive, nationwide search supplying an organization with all the information it desires.