Vetting and pre-employment checks: what do they mean for your business?

In the UK, employers often carry out pre-employment checks prior to making an offer of employment to an individual. Many employers will be concerned about criminal convictions and/or ongoing involvement in illegal activities.

Indeed, in some industries it is a requirement that employers run checks to ensure that new hires do not have any criminal convictions. Equally important are concerns about unsubstantiated or indeed false claims of experience on CVs and unexplained gaps in employment history. With the rise of social media, many applicants will have a significant online profile. It is tempting to use this in order to confirm what applicants have put on their CV. Companies should be aware, however, that there are risks to this.

A balance needs to be struck between protecting vulnerable groups of people and maintaining high professional standards in the service industries, as against ensuring that civil liberties are adequately protected. With this aim in mind, the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (PFA) came into force in September 2012…

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