Policy on Recruitment of Ex-Offenders
This Policy on Recruitment of Ex-Offenders sets down how an organisation
will handle job applications from ex-offenders. This policy has been
updated in line with the requirements of the General Data Protection
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 was intended to prevent
individuals being rejected for employment on account of a previous criminal
conviction, provided that he or she has not subsequently re-offended. Under
this Act, a conviction is "spent"' after a defined period of time and so
the individual becomes "rehabilitated".
As this policy states, there is a difference in approach to ex-offenders
depending on whether or not the job is exempt under the Act. In
circumstances where the job is exempt, an employer is entitled to reject an
individual for employment on the grounds of a conviction, whether it is
spent or unspent.
The Policy on Recruitment of Ex-Offenders covers the following areas:
2. Jobs Covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
3. Jobs that are Exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
4. Data Protection
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