INTAKE QUESTIONNAIRES IN QUESTION
July 31st, 2012
Concerned by the intrusive nature of intake health questionnaires given to newly hired employees in Quebec’s hospitals and health and social services centres (CSSSs), the Table sur l’emploi et les incapacités épisodiques* asked the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse to intervene. After studying the question, the Commission stated that it was highly concerned by the use of these questionnaires, and wrote to some 220 health care institutions to ask them to revise their hiring process. The Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms prohibits employers from asking candidates for employment about their health, unless the question refers specifically to an ability that is required by the nature of the job itself.
* The Table is a group of organizations and associations representing people living with various episodic disabilities, including HIV/AIDS.