Employers' obligations are heightened when dealing with temporary foreign workers. This is primarily because of a recognition that temporary foreign workers are usually more vulnerable in the labour market than Canadians or permanent residents.
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Criminal record checks are just one type of background check. Other background checks can include checks on identity, educational and professional qualifications, employment history, credit history, lawful entitlement to work in Canada and social media presence.
Employers have the legal duty to investigate anytime there is a complaint of harassment, discrimination or other potential legal violation is received. The legal requirement for workplace investigations is specified under Bill 132.