Tread carefully with credit checks: Privacy commissioner

‘Reasonable’ connection with job must be shown
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/23/2010

An investigative report by Alberta’s privacy commissioner — which banned Mark’s Work Wearhouse from performing credit checks during pre-employment screening for sales associate positions — is a reminder to employers to carefully consider when and how to collect personal information.

“It’s another confirmation, really, that people who are in charge of hiring really need to think about what types of requirements they have and what types of information they’re going to request,” said Stuart Rudner, a partner in Miller Thomson’s labour and employment group in Toronto.

Alberta’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner investigated Mark’s Work Wearhouse after a sales associate applicant filed a complaint following a pre-employment credit check.