Criminal records

Depending on the role for which a candidate has applied, employers may need to find out whether or not the individual has any criminal convictions before he or she can start work.

Employers can check job applicants’ criminal records with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). HR departments normally deals with DBS disclosures.

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Criminal record checks: filtering system ruled unlawful

The incoming Government must rethink criminal record disclosure rules after defeat in the Court of Appeal over the process for...


How employers can break the re-offending cycle

13 Sep 2016

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Leadsom and “CV-gate”: how can HR always be sure of accuracy?

13 Jul 2016

Before she stepped out of the Conservative party leadership race earlier this week, Andrea Leadsom had already attracted unwanted attention...

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Religious discrimination: Christian teacher’s dismissal for refusal to divorce sex offender

23 May 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that a Christian employee, dismissed for not divorcing her husband when he was...

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Criminal record checks: filtering process is inadequate

12 Apr 2016

The High Court has upheld a challenge by way of judicial review to the present criminal record checks scheme, finding...

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Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults: five tips for recruitment

2 Mar 2016

Organisations that provide services for children and/or vulnerable adults can set out in a safeguarding policy how they recruit staff...

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High Court: criminal record checks are “arbitrary” and unlawful

25 Jan 2016

The High Court has declared that the Government’s criminal record disclosure scheme is incompatible with the Human Rights Act.


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Hiring ex-offenders: staying on the right side of the law

6 Oct 2015

In 2014, the law around hiring ex-offenders changed, bringing with it confusion and a heightened risk of dishonesty and suspicion...

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Jewish job applicant awarded £17,000 over Saturday working

6 Jul 2015

An employment tribunal has ordered an employer to pay over £17,000 to a devoutly religious Jewish applicant who was turned...

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Tribunal watch: Man dismissed over domestic violence allegations claims sex discrimination

18 May 2015

An employee who was sacked for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend after a workplace party tried unsuccessfully to claim sex discrimination....

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Enforced subject access requests have allowed employers to reveal spent as well as unspent convictions. Photo: REX

Enforced subject access requests become illegal

5 Mar 2015

From 10 March 2015, employers that use enforced subject access requests to expose job applicants with criminal convictions will be...

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Court rules that minor offences be dropped from criminal record checks

18 Jun 2014

A Supreme Court ruling has confirmed that job applicants will no longer need to disclose convictions for childhood or minor...

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Time periods for disclosing criminal convictions reduced

10 Mar 2014

The period of time in which individuals must disclose any criminal convictions to their employer or prospective employer has been...

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Why employers should stop discriminating against ex-offenders

21 Oct 2013

Edwina Hughes discusses Business in the Community's campaign to "ban the box" that many ex-offenders are required to tick on application forms.

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Relaxation of criminal record checks announced

27 Mar 2013

Old and minor criminal convictions will no longer be included in criminal record checks, following changes announced by the Home...

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