Rejects rights red-tape headache for employers

will have to respond to requests from unsuccessful job applicants on why they
were rejected following the publication of the Information Commission’s code on
selection and recruitment.

is the view of employment lawyer Anne Coles from Fox Williams, who claims that
if employers don’t respond to these requests the applicant can ask the
Information Commission to carry out an assessment of the employers’ information

will also be able to apply to court to have inaccurate information corrected
and for compensation where damage or distress has been caused.

thinks the code, that advises employers on their responsibilities concerning
the handling of personal data during the recruitment process, goes further than
the Data Protection Act 1998 requires.

the day the decision to recruit is made until six months after the final
selection employers will have to deal with requests from disappointed
applicants wanting to find out the real reason they were rejected," said

Clancy, strategic policy officer for the Information Commission, confirmed that
job applicants have a right to see any information recorded about them by an

By Ben Willmott

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