The gold standard

Fingerprint screening takes background checks that much further to provide peace of mind
By Greg Wilson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/23/2017
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Why would an employer decide to carry out fingerprint screening? Reassurance.

With fingerprints, an employer knows for sure if a person does or does not have a criminal record that may be disclosed. This assurance is obvious as it is mandated by the RCMP that all name and date-of-birth checks contain the disclaimer “Positive identification that a criminal record may or may not exist at the National Criminal Records repository can only be confirmed by fingerprint comparison.”

That is not to say name checks are not valid, but fingerprints are the gold standard of certainty — a person may attempt to misrepresent her identity, but she cannot alter her fingerprints.