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.


Drive to find jobs for ex-offenders launches in north of England

An organisation that helps ex-offenders find work has been contracted by the Ministry of Justice to boost employment levels among...

Government sets date for changes to DBS checks

19 Nov 2020

Youth warnings, reprimands and cautions will no longer be automatically disclosed to employers who require Disclosure and Barring Service.

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DBS checks: How rehabilitation periods are changing

6 Nov 2020

Jessica Maguire examines a recent white paper and outlines how the government is proposing to change rehabilitation periods and when...

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Government proposes time reduction for disclosure of spent convictions

16 Sep 2020

Changes announced to make it easier for ex-offenders to find employment...

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Proposal to erase minor convictions from criminal record checks

10 Jul 2020

Government responds to court ruling that should help people who committed a minor offence get jobs.

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Opening doors: the benefits of recruiting ex-offenders

6 Feb 2020

With research suggesting skills shortages in some sectors are at their highest level since 2008, an increasing number of employers...

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Liverpool Crown Court.

Tesco employee jailed over customer refund thefts

19 Dec 2019

A supermarket employee has been jailed after being found guilty of stealing thousands of pounds in a scam involving customer refunds.

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Thousands of police staff not vetted properly, report warns

27 Sep 2019

Thousands of police officers and staff in England and Wales have not been properly vetted, a police watchdog has warned....

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Top 10 HR questions July 2019: Spent convictions

5 Aug 2019

There are limits to the circumstances in which employers can take a candidate’s past criminal convictions into account when deciding...

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More firms commit to employing ex-offenders

28 May 2019

An additional 230 organisations – including Greene King and Pret A Manger – have committed to hiring ex-offenders, as the...

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City of London

How to navigate managers regime, GDPR and criminal records checks

10 May 2019

How financial firms need to navigate the major data privacy implications of criminal records checks made necessary by the Senior Managers and Certification Regime

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Supreme Court rejects government appeal on criminal record checks

30 Jan 2019

The Supreme Court has rejected a government appeal against a human rights ruling won by a group of people who...

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Oxfam’s ‘toxic work environment’ allowed sexual misconduct allegations to go unchecked

17 Jan 2019

The charity Oxfam failed to tackle an environment that allowed sexual misconduct and bullying to go unchecked, according to an interim independent review.

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Top 10 HR questions November 2018: employee or worker?

3 Dec 2018

A number of recent employment tribunal cases have dealt with the employment status of people working in the “gig economy”....

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Fifth of employers ask about criminal records in potentially unlawful way

25 Oct 2018

Around a fifth of national employers – including a number of household name companies – ask jobseekers for information about...

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