Can employment law help you if you’re refused a job or been badly treated by your employer as a result of your criminal record?

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Anybody with a criminal record will, at one time or another, have come across some form of negativity or discrimination when applying for work. Many employers simply don’t know enough about criminal record disclosure legislation and have little understanding of what they can and can’t do. If your conviction is spent, then you will have […]

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Is there anything stopping you applying to come off the Sex Offenders Register if you’ve got an indefinite registration requirement?

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A Freedom of Information (FOI) request undertaken by BBC News earlier this year, showed that around 50% of applications allowed under a review process (introduced in 2010 to allow people to apply to be removed from the sex offenders register) were successful. The same FOI request stated that approximately 700 people on the register had […]

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Are you affected by the online publication of your spent convictions? Possible legal remedies

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If you have a spent conviction and are suffering reputational harm or distress as a result of material about that conviction being published online and/or which features in online searches against your name, legal remedies may be available. The publication of an item, article or link which refers to a spent conviction and identifies the […]

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Monthly summary – September 2016

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Welcome to our monthly summary for September 2016. This provides a summary of: the latest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record Have you just stumbled across this? You can […]

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Applying for work through recruitment agencies

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With so many employers advertising temporary and permanent jobs through recruitment agencies, we’ve published some new information, applying for work through a recruitment agency. As agencies only get paid once they’ve placed a successful applicant with an employer, some agencies may be tempted to weed out anybody who has disclosed a criminal record to them. […]

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Official launch of updated online forum to support people with convictions

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Today Unlock officially launches its updated online forum to support people in overcoming the stigma of their criminal record. Christopher Stacey, Co-director of Unlock said: “Although there’s over 10.5 million people in the UK with a criminal record, it can often feel like a lonely place when you’re struggling with the stigma and discrimination that […]

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New website for employers

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Yesterday we launched a unique website to encourage and support companies to recruit people with criminal records. Over 10.5 million people in the UK have a criminal record and many face stigma and discrimination when applying for work, despite having put the past behind them. Unlock’s work with employers over many years has highlighted the significant […]

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Overcoming the problems of dealing with the Jobcentre

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Our helpline often receives calls from people with convictions who are desperate to get back into work but run into difficulties when dealing with the Jobcentre. Some examples of the types of problems we hear about are: Jobcentre advisors who have little or no understanding of criminal records, criminal record checks, the Rehabilitation of Offenders […]

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Monthly summary – August 2016

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Welcome to our monthly summary for August 2016. This provides a summary of: the latest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record Have you just stumbled across this? You can […]

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