With the changing landscape of employment retention, many employers are engaging in the recruitment process more often than in previous years. Whether you are a seasoned recruiter or new to the process it is helpful to review potential legal pitfalls that may arise to help protect the agency against possible costly litigation from employees or candidates. The HR Professionals Seminar will provide an opportunity to learn more about how to avoid common legal mistakes in recruitment.
The Seminar will provide insight into:
Human Rights Risks
There are a number of protected grounds under human rights legislation which an employer is not permitted to ask candidates about during the interview process. For example, birth place or national origin, citizenship status, religion and disability. However, what happens if a member of the interview panel asks an off-limit question? Or the candidate voluntarily raises the information in the interview? The Seminar will touch on best practices for preparing and dealing with these situations. The human rights complaint process will also be discussed.
Employee poaching often occurs through social media, third-party recruiting companies, mutual contacts, or references. Although there is nothing inherently wrong with employee poaching in and of itself, it can pose legal risks. Our presenters will outline these risks and discuss upcoming changes to the legislation that will impact how employers deal with employee poaching.
Regardless of whether an employer is conducting a reference check or providing one, there are legal considerations to be aware of. For example, a job applicant may argue that they did not receive the job because of what was conveyed by a reference. They could make allegations of slander against a former or existing employer that what was communicated about their work performance was defamatory. One of the goals of the HR Seminar is to provide professionals with the knowledge they need to conduct and give reference checks.
To learn more about these common issues that arise during the recruitment process, please join us during the Saskatchewan HR Professionals Seminar on September 20 in Regina or September 27 in Saskatoon or virtually.