This factsheet was last updated in May 2013.
What pre-employment checks employers need to consider
Organisations need to ensure that people selected for employment are suitably qualified, and are appropriate to work in the identified role. As a basic requirement, employers should take up references to identify any potential issues with an employee.
The law requires specific checks to be carried out if the employee will be working in a role with children or relevant adults.
Organisations should not be fearful of employing ex-offenders, but should be aware of the checks that should be carried out prior to offering employment.
There are significant potential penalties if an employer does not check the eligibility of an employee to work in the UK.
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