Are mid-employment background checks necessary?

CUPW challenges move by Canada Post
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/01/2013

In the spring of 2013, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) was told Canada Post intended to introduce a policy that would require union members to undergo criminal background checks every 10 years.

The Crown corporation said the new policy would "ensure that we maintain the confidence of our customers through a secure mail stream, a safe work environment for all employees and a quality workforce," according to a CUPW bulletin.

If it’s revealed an employee has a criminal record, Canada Post would require her to be fingerprinted for additional information, such as the nature of the conviction, when it happened and the outcome. The corporation would then request a "resolution of doubt interview" with the employee so she could explain the conviction, said CUPW. A general manager of security and investigation would then decide if this employee has "reliability status" and, if not, she would be terminated from employment.