Changes to Rules on Employers Making Criminal Record Requests

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23 April, 2015

As of last month employers requesting applicants to provide evidence of the results of a subject access request disclosing their full criminal record (including spent convictions), became unlawful. This does not just apply to job applicants as section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 makes it a criminal offence to require job applicants and/or existing employees to produce a copy of the criminal record through a subject access request.

For more information on the implications of this please contact Ruth Rule-Mullen by email or on 01772 220022.

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