Board backs employer on criminal records

Agency claims insurance unobtainable if employees kept
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/15/2010

A Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board panel has ruled that a non-profit corporation was justified in placing two workers on leave after learning they had criminal records.

In June, Lea Bage and Pamela Belanger were put on paid administrative leave from their jobs at the Welfare Rights Centre in Regina. The agency provides trustee, advocacy, family support and housing services to low income families. Bage, the office administrator, had been with the centre since 2005; Belanger, the agency’s trustee, joined the staff in 1998.

Both women had prior criminal convictions for minor offences, according to CUPE national representative Guy Marsden, and had disclosed them to the agency’s previous executive director.