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Criminal record checks

New and updated

  • Job applicants with convictions

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to reflect the reduction in DBS fees to obtain criminal record certificates, from 1 October 2019.

  • Date:
    9 August 2019
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    The Government has announced significant reforms to the law on spent convictions and rehabilitation periods. If the proposals go ahead, fewer convictions will have to be revealed to employers and there will be more cases in which they will be unable to refuse employment because of a job applicant's past convictions.

  • Date:
    26 July 2019
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    July 2019 saw progress made on an unusual number of proposed employment law changes. The Government published consultations covering workplace sexual harassment, statutory sick pay, family-friendly leave and pay, flexibility in working hours, modern slavery statements, and enforcement of worker rights. It also made announcements on changes to the laws on rehabilitation periods for offenders, settlement agreements, and protection against redundancy during pregnancy and maternity leave.

  • Recruiting people to work with children and/or vulnerable adults policy

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    Updated to include information about proposed reforms to the rules on rehabilitation periods.

  • Policy on recruitment of ex-offenders

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    Updated to include information about proposed reforms to the rules on rehabilitation periods.

  • More firms commit to employing ex-offenders

    Date:
    29 May 2019
    Type:
    News

    An additional 230 organisations - including Greene King and Pret A Manger - have committed to hiring ex-offenders, as the government allows more prisoners to take temporary release to participate in work placements.

  • Date:
    10 May 2019
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    There are major data privacy implications of criminal records checks made necessary by the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, an issue that will affect about 50,000 firms in the financial services sector from 9 December 2019 onwards. Solicitors David Palmer and David Lorimer examine how compliance and HR teams can help meet businesses' obligations under both the GDPR and SMCR.

  • Criminal record checks: "Multiple convictions rule" breaches human rights

    Date:
    31 January 2019
    Type:
    Law reports

    In R (on the application of P) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and other appeals, the Supreme Court held that the criminal record checks rule requiring disclosure where a person has more than one conviction, regardless of the circumstances of the offences, is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • Supreme Court rejects government appeal on criminal record checks

    Date:
    30 January 2019
    Type:
    News

    The Supreme Court has rejected a government appeal against a human rights ruling won by a group of people who claimed their minor past convictions held them back in life.

  • Fifth of employers ask about criminal records in potentially unlawful way

    Date:
    25 October 2018
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Around a fifth of national employers - including a number of household name companies - ask jobseekers for information about criminal records they are not legally entitled to.