But I thought you checked?

Case involving Red Cross workers who stole $200,000 from Katrina victims underscores importance of background checks for temp workers
By Christina Hall and Adrian Miedema
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/17/2007

Temporary employees can help employers meet their staffing needs. They’re often used to address staffing shortages, cover holidays and maternity leaves and, more generally, accommodate workload peaks and valleys on an as-needed basis.

But do employers really know the background of the temporary employee the agency sent? Can the employer be confident the temp has the skills and education it requires? How can an employer be sure temps don’t present a risk to the organization?

While a number of Canadian temporary agencies perform some types of background checks on their staffing pool, others don’t — except, typically, for reference checks — unless clients request them.