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Job Search in UK – Applicants do not have to disclose minor offences

The Supreme Court has ruled that forcing job applicants to disclose minor crimes as part of background checks is a breach of their human rights.

The ruling is related to the case of a man, identified only as “T” in court, who was denied employment at a football club and later a place at university due to a caution for stealing a bicycle when he was 11.

He took his case to the Court of Appeal, which ruled in his favour. This latest ruling upholds that courts decision. It will now apply to all UK job applicants.

In their statements, the judges said forcing candidates to disclose minor offences such as police warnings “were not based on any rational assessment of risk”.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at HR Magazine – Job applicants do not have to disclose minor offences, Supreme Court rules.

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