Asking applicants to self-disclose can be deemed excessive, says ICO

Last month we published research that showed almost three-quarters of employers ask about criminal records at application stage. Being asked to self-disclose puts off applicants. Unlock encourages employers to consider whether they need to ask about criminal records at all. If you need to ask, questions should be targeted – for example, only asking at […]

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Bristol City Council becomes first local authority to Ban the Box

We’re delighted that Bristol City Council has today become the first local authority to sign up to Ban the Box. Ban the Box calls on UK employers to create a fair opportunity for people with convictions to compete for jobs by removing the tick box from application forms and asking about criminal convictions later in the […]

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Virgin Trains ban the box and make this clear on their application form

We thought we’d highlight the approach of Virgin Trains, as we liked the fact that although they’ve signed up to banning the box, they’ve kept a section in their application form explaining this. This approach helps to make clear to applicants how the company approaches criminal records. This is something we recommend as part of […]

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Ricoh – Asking at job offer stage

As part of our guidance on when to ask about criminal records, we highlight the example of Ricoh: In order to ban the box, Ricoh carried out a review of their recruitment practices, taking into consideration their existing security policies and a desire to recruit fairly. As a result, the company revised its security policy […]

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Timpson – Their application form

We thought we’d flag up the application form of Timpson. Timpson application form, July 2016 Timpson ask about criminal convictions on their application form. As an employer, they are well-known for recruiting people with convictions, so this section is less likely to put people off applying (which is one of the reasons why it’s important […]

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Greggs – Their application form

We thought we’d flag up the application form of Greggs. Although they haven’t signed up to the Ban the Box campaign, they word their question very clearly (including being clear that spent convictions do not need to be disclosed), and they refer people to guidance on how to answer the question accurately. For those companies […]

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Ignoring spent convictions when you need to

This case relates to a large university and the appointment of a fixed term research assistant. The programme lead of this particular project interviewed a gentleman who she stated ‘could not be more ideally suited for the post’. He had the necessary skills and experience and was himself in recovery from an alcohol problem. With […]

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Civil service to “ban the box”

Yesterday, we featured news on Unlock’s main website that the Civil Service  have committed to ‘banning the box’ We welcome David Cameron’s commitment to the Ban the Box campaign and changing the recruitment practice of the Civil Service towards people with convictions. The Civil Service is a significant employer and this news is a welcome boost […]

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