This month, we’ve written a further article for InsideTime ‘Through the Gate’ Section which focuses on employment after release. A copy of the article can be found below. On release from prison, and possibly for some time after, your conviction will be technically ‘unspent’ – this means you’ll need to disclose it to an employer […]
Are there any advantages to disclosing your criminal record to your jobcentre/work programme advisor?
If you’re not asked about your criminal record then, legally, you don’t need to disclose any unspent convictions, but in our opinion, withholding this information means that your advisor may not be able to provide you with the best information, advice or service. So, are there any other benefits in choosing to disclose? The role […]
Over the last few years, the rules regarding eligibility to become a police officer have been slightly relaxed. However, there are still strict entry requirements and some convictions/caution will result in your application being immediately rejected whilst others will be considered on a case by case basis. We have published some new information which sets out […]
As anybody with a criminal record knows, finding paid work can be difficult and so, for many, self-employment can be very attractive. If you enjoy driving, then becoming a taxi driver could be one option for you to consider. You will need an operator’s licence which you can apply for through your local council or […]
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?
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
It can be your worst nightmare when you’re sat in an interview and asked this question: Can you explain this gap in your CV People have gaps in their CV’s for a number of reasons, but for people with a criminal record, this often comes about because of time spent in prison or having lost […]
We recently heard from someone who, about 5 years ago, was dismissed from his job for gross misconduct following a criminal conviction, even though the offence was committed outside of work. Fortunately, he found another job almost immediately and has worked there ever since. Although he enjoys the work and has been promoted a couple of times, […]
For anybody with a criminal record, knowing what level of criminal record check a job role is potentially eligible for may be what determines whether you apply for that job or not. For example, if your conviction is spent but not yet eligible for filtering, it will still appear on a standard or enhanced check […]