The BBC reports that an online database of workers accused of theft and dishonesty will go live later this month. The National Staff Dismissal Register is an initiative of Action Against Business Crime (AABC) – a partnership between the Home Office and the British Retail Consortium.
The BBC quotes the AABC’s chief executive, Mike Schuck, as saying that all participating companies will be obliged to abide by the Data Protection Act and that workers named on the database will have the right to change their entries if they are inaccurate.
More information can be found on the AABC’s press release (Word format), which says:
For dishonest employees who have not been convicted or cautioned for their dishonesty there is currently no central location where further checks can be made concerning an applicant’s previous employment history. The current system of employment references is too easily circumvented by dishonest applicants and can result in previously dismissed staff being employed again by another retailer without knowledge of any past conduct.
The NSDR provides a secure web-based portal using a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), which protects data access and encrypts log-in to allow members to access data as part of their staff recruitment process. The application and database are held on separate servers with firewall and Internet Protocol Security (IPSEC) separating application and data for further security.