Well, Iceman, ask and you shall recieve,
I'm a 16 seat Mom & Pop. Don't have employees, except maybe at Christmas. When I do need to hire, I never advertise, usually get about a resume a week through the door, and I have a good look at the person then. Like I said, what's under the work clothes isn't my business, what's visible reflects my business. For e-mailed resumes I always have book-face. Amazing what kind of photos people put on their walls... Meh, 5 years ago I could get just as much infomation from thier answering machines...
See, here in B.C., employees are more of a liabilty than an asset. Hate to say it, but it's true. The various gov't agencies (labor board and Worker's comp) are so skewed towards the employees that it makes California look good. Since most employees never stay past 6 mths in the hospitality biz, the odds of them filing a claim are pretty high, with most claims under $500. All three parties are fully aware that most of the claims are bogus (or in legal-ese, fraudulent) but the gov't agencies are so constructed that it is far easier to process the employer as "guilty", and for most employers it is easier just to pay than fight. I never did. Fought each case and "won" each one. Of course, I was never entitled to any compensation for my time or money, heck, I'm not even allowed to get an acknowledgement that the claim was false to begin with. Can't you just feel the love?
Couple months ago, a woman was murdered at her workplace outside of Vancouver, estranged husband walked in and killed her. Co-worker was hospitalized trying to stop him. After the husband was arrested and charged, Worker's comp investigated (it happened at the workplace, after all...) Conclusion? Employer "must have known" that the woman was having difficulties at home and the employer should have intervened. They'll be making up new laws for this now. As always, and true to form, "the onus is on the employer". Das Bose ist immer und ueberall. (The evil is always and everywhere)
Geez, I guess when an estranged/deranged husband shows up at my door with a shotgun and accuses of messing with none of my business and kills me, Worker's comp won't have to investigate because it didn't happen at the workplace. Eh?