Tags: Criminal record

Dominic Crossley: Privacy, criminal records and recruitment

It is now standard practice for employers to carry out pre-employment checks prior to making an offer of employment to an individual. The level of ‘vetting’ required will depend upon the type of employment being offered and the potential risks attached to that role. However, a balance needs to be struck between sufficient ‘vetting’ of…

Call for employers to stop discriminating against ex-offenders

Have you ever noticed the tick box on job application forms asking ‘Do you have any unspent criminal convictions? Yes or no’? If you’d been fined £300 for a driving offence by a court, you’d have to tick that box for 5 years. For a prison sentence of over 2.5 years, you’d have to tick that…

Thousands of job applicants will no longer have to face their criminal past being disclosed to employers. The Home Office has announced that old and minor cautions will no longer appear on criminal records checks undertaken by employers in England and Wales. Currently, the system discloses all convictions and cautions, which are then revealed to…

Home Office strike announced for eve of Olympics

The Public and Commercial Services Union announced today that its Members across the Home Office will strike on Thursday 26 July – the day before the start of the Olympic Games. It’s part of a long-running dispute over job cuts, pay and privatisation and the action includes staff across the Home Office, including the UK…

Police must change photograph policy following court ruling

The Equality and Human Rights Commission intervened in a test case in which the High Court has ruled that the police cannot keep photographs of people without criminal records or those not found guilty. The judges agreed with the Commission’s submission that unless someone has been charged with, or convicted of, a crime it is…

How HR can stamp out the dirty staff secret

Two years ago Little Ted’s nursery worker, Vanessa George, was jailed indefinitely for sharing child porn images with paedophiles. Earlier this year an accountant was caught with what almost half-a-million images of children, believed to be the largest collection of child pornography in Britain. What these media reports indicate is that the uploading and distribution…