Increased compliance means rising numbers of employers are performing numerous background checks on employees. Steve Smith from Sterling Talent Solutions looks at eight areas organisations should consider and any pitfalls to avoid.
Updated to reflect that individuals in England and Wales can use a "responsible organisation" registered with the DBS for basic criminal records checks.
Additional information on the law on recruitment selection for NHS employers, including values based recruitment and the NHS Employment Check Standards. To be read in conjunction with the general information on the law on recruitment selection.
Updated to include a reference to R (on the application of P and others) v Secretary of State for Justice and others, in which the Court of Appeal considered the filtering process for DBS checks.
Updated to include changes to the law on employing foreign nationals.
Updated to reflect the changes introduced by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2016 in relation to work with children and appointments to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
A table listing the jobs where it is lawful to ask candidates in Scotland for details of spent convictions.
A table summarising the different levels of criminal record checks.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to use of background checks.