It is critical that employers follow professional guidelines within the hiring process ensure the most appropriate candidates are motivated to apply for their vacant position. Recruiting candidates and the hiring process can be a very timely, stressful period for employers, making hiring guidelines all the more important.
Ordinarily, a solid workplace investigation rests on four pillars; namely – fairness, thoroughness, timeliness and confidentiality. If not handled appropriately, the COVID – 19 crisis has the potential to rock that foundation in two ways – it may impact the fairness and timeliness of an investigation.
Reference checks can put former employers in an awkward position. Employers want to tell the truth but may be concerned about the potential legal consequences of providing a bad reference. However, a recent case out of Ontario suggests that employers should not be afraid to tell the truth when asked to provide a reference for a former employee.