Beyond the Record: police records, privacy and human rights


Date and Time

Starts:02/23/2021 8:30 AM

Ends:02/23/2021 12:00 PM

Event Type: Workshop

3.5 CPD Hour(s)

Location:
ON24

Price:

HRPA Members:
$200 + Taxes
Non-Members:
$240+ Taxes
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Through this workshop, attendees will be provided with an overview of police records and their impact on recruitment.

The program will cover recent legal changes to police record checks in Ontario, as well as best practices around the use of record checks in hiring and screening.

Topics covered will include:

  • background information on police and criminal records;
  • the law governing police record checks;
  • laws relevant to employer obligations (screening, privacy, human rights, etc.);
  • evidence regarding the utility of police record checks as screening tools;
  • evidence of the broader social impact of police record checks;
  • best practice tips to ensure that human resource policies and practices are evidence-based and compliant with privacy rights and human rights. 

Learning Objectives:

  • improved knowledge of the different types of police records
  • improved comprehension of the law governing police record checks
  • social science evidence regarding the utility of police record checks as employment screening tools
  • understanding of the broader social impact of police record check policies
  • tools and supports available to create rights respecting and inclusive hiring practices
  • best practice tips to ensure that human resource policies and practices are evidence-based and compliant with privacy rights and human rights

Who should attend?

Human Resource professionals and individuals responsible for hiring and screening potential candidates. This program will also be helpful for individuals responsible in developing hiring policies.


Speaker bio(s)
Safiyah Husein, Senior Policy Analyst

Safiyah Husein is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Centre of Research & Policy at the John Howard Society of Ontario. She joined the Centre in 2018. She participates in the Centre’s research and policy activities, supports the public education activities of the Society, and liaises with local offices and community partners on reform initiatives. Safiyah holds a BSc in Psychology from York University and a JD from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Safiyah completed her articles at the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman and was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2018. As part of the Centre’s public education work Safiyah has presented on the Police Record Check Reform Act and police record check best practices to various sectors including legal professionals and employment services.


Aileen Simon, Strategic Initiatives Project Lead

Safiyah Husein is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Centre of Research & Policy at the John Howard Society of Ontario. She joined the Centre in 2018. She participates in the Centre’s research and policy activities, supports the public education activities of the Society, and liaises with local offices and community partners on reform initiatives. Safiyah holds a BSc in Psychology from York University and a JD from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Safiyah completed her articles at the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman and was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2018. As part of the Centre’s public education work Safiyah has presented on the Police Record Check Reform Act and police record check best practices to various sectors including legal professionals and employment services. Aileen Simon is a Strategic Initiatives Project Lead at the Centre of Research & Policy at the John Howard Society of Ontario. She joined the Centre in 2020. She participates in the Centre’s research and strategic initiatives, supports the public education activities of the Society, and liaises with community partners on employment initiatives. Aileen holds a BSocSc in Political Science from the University of Ottawa and a JD from Western University. After having been called to the Ontario Bar in June 2018, Aileen completed a MSc in Policy Studies from the University of Edinburgh and interned at the Centre while completing her thesis on correctional health care. As part of the Centre’s strategic initiatives, Aileen has researched the use and impacts of police record checks, particularly with respect to employer hiring practices.