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HR Manager's Guide to Background Checks and Pre-Employment Testing, 2nd Edition
By: Adrian Miedema, B.Math, LL.B., Christina Hall, B.A.(Hons), LL.B., Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP
ISBN/ISSN/Product Number: 978-0-7798-4928-4
Product Type: Book
Number of Pages: Approximately 260 pages
Number of Volumes: 1 volume bound
Binding: softcover
Publication Date: 2012-04-02
Publisher: Carswell
Availability: In Stock


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There are many types of pre-employment background checks or tests available to employers. These checks can assist employers in hiring applicants that are well-qualified and skilled for the positions for which they are applying. Some of these checks will also assist employers in identifying "red flags" and thus mitigating against certain risks – such as hiring an applicant that may pose a risk of fraud or theft to the organization. Other types of checks will help employers obtain a sense of who the applicant is as a person, so that they can better assess whether the applicant will "fit" within the organization.

In recent years, employers have begun to check references with greater frequency and thoroughness. This book has been designed to help employers understand what types of checks are legally permissible, and how to conduct these checks in a way that minimizes risk to employers. The authors advise that interviews and reference checks be conducted before the employer extends a conditional offer of employment to the job applicant, but all other background checks and tests discussed in this book should be performed afterwards. The following types of background checks are reviewed in this book: personal interviews, reference checks ,education and professional certification checks, credit checks, psychometric tests, medical and fitness tests, police records checks, drug and alcohol tests, and immigration, terrorism and industry-specific security checks.

New in this edition:
Completely revised chapter on police records checks
Expanded coverage of the use of the internet and social networks for background-checking
New chapter on court searches
Discussion of developments in the law and science of drug and alcohol testing
About the Author
Adrian Miedema, B.Math, LL.B., is a partner with the global law firm, Dentons Canada LLP, in Toronto. He represents employers in employment and health and safety matters. He is a frequent writer and is co-editor of two blogs, and He is recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 as a leading lawyer in Labour and Employment Law. Adrian obtained a B.Math in Actuarial Science and Statistics from the University of Waterloo. He is the co-author of HR Manager's Guide to Background Checks and Pre-Employment Testing (2nd Ed.) and a dictionary of labour and employment law terms. He obtained his law degree from the University of Western Ontario, where he was later an adjunct professor of Employment Law for four years. Adrian is also a director of The Yonge Street Mission, an urban mission in Toronto.
Christina Hall, B.A.(Hons), LL.B., is a partner in the Employment and Labour Group of the national law firm, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP in Toronto. She writes frequently on employment law topics and has contributed articles to Lexpert, Workplace News, Legal Alert and other publications. Christina is also an adjunct professor of Employment Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario. She holds a B.A. (Hons.) in History from Queen's University and obtained her LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario.
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