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Checks employers can make on job applicants

Checks employers might need to run on job applicants

Your right to work in the UK

  • Employers must check that job applicants are allowed to work in the UK before they hire them.
  • An employer can be fined up to £10,000 if they can’t show evidence that they checked an employee’s right to work in the UK.

Criminal record checks

  • For certain jobs like working with children or in healthcare, employers need to carry out a criminal record check on new employees before they can start.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS - formerly CRB) checks
  • Unless there’s specific need to check someone’s criminal record for a job, it’s against the law for employers to refuse to employ them because of spent convictions.

Health checks

Employers can only ask successful candidates for a health check before hiring someone if:

  • it’s a legal requirement, eg eye tests for commercial vehicle drivers
  • if the job requires it, eg because their insurers need health checks on cycle couriers
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