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DISCRIMINATION - 21.10.2020

Black jobs matter - positive action in recruitment

The Black Lives Matter movement has put the issue of workplace diversity firmly under scrutiny. To help ensure future diversity, one option is to use positive action. What is it and how does it differ from positive discrimination?
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RECRUITMENT - 07.10.2020

Criminal records reform to support ex-offenders into work

The government has announced new legislation to reduce the time it takes for certain criminal convictions to become “spent”. What does this mean in practice?
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CRIMINAL RECORDS - 06.10.2020

DBS to filter out certain convictions

The government has laid draft legislation, the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Record Certificates: Relevant Matters) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 , which will amend the law in England and Wales such that youth cautions issued to those under 18 at the time will not in future automatically appear on a DBS check. Multiple convictions will also be filtered out following a Supreme Court ruling that this was a breach of human rights. There is no date for implementation of the change as it is to be debated in Parliament later in 2020. In a separate announcement it is proposed to reform the rules on rehabilitation periods after which a conviction is classed as spent and is no longer disclosed. ...
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RECRUITMENT - 24.09.2020

Job ad for “happy” employee banned

The Department for Work and Pensions has banned an employer’s job ad seeking a “happy” employee. It claimed that the word “happy” is unlawful and cannot be used when recruiting. Is this true?
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RECRUITMENT - 23.09.2020

Dealing with a large number of job applications

With reports of some employers receiving over 1,000 applications for every vacancy, it’s fair to say that you can expect many more applicants than normal if you advertise any vacant roles. How should you handle this situation?
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RECRUITMENT - 23.09.2020

Government’s Kickstart Scheme opens for applications

The government’s new Kickstart Scheme, available in England, Scotland and Wales, is now open for employer applications. Is it worth looking into?
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RECRUITMENT - 24.09.2020

Job ad for “happy” employee banned

The Department for Work and Pensions has banned an employer’s job ad seeking a “happy” employee. It claimed that the word “happy” is unlawful and cannot be used when recruiting. Is this true?
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DISCRIMINATION - 27.08.2020

Q&A - can we ask for minimum experience?

Q. We’re recruiting for a role and would prefer someone who has several years’ experience, mainly because it will reduce our training costs. Can we state in our job ad that all applicants must have a minimum number of years’ experience? A. Whilst it isn’t unlawful to ask for a minimum number of years’ experience, it’s not generally advisable to do so. This is because the requirement could potentially exclude younger candidates and that would amount to indirect age discrimination. The only time you could legitimately ask for a minimum number of years’ experience is where the request can be justified, for example, certain professional roles may require a minimum length of qualification. ...
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RIGHT TO WORK - 27.08.2020

“You must be here illegally” comment costs £20,800

An employee who was accused of being in the UK illegally when her employer couldn’t verify her documents has been awarded £20,800 by the tribunal. What’s the correct procedure if you can’t verify right to work documents?
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