This guide highlights the key checks that most organisations will carry out during their recruitment process, while explaining the risks and practical considerations that need to be taken into account when offering employment.

As traditional recruitment practices continue to evolve, partly driven by the development of technology, organisations need to ensure they follow pre-employment checking procedures that are both legal and ethical. This guide, written in association with HR-inform, highlights the key checks that most organisations will carry out during their recruitment process, including right-to-work checks, criminal record checks, medical checks, reference checks and online and social media checks. The guidance also includes case studies to outline the considerations that need to be made when making pre-employment checks, as well template documents from HR-inform.

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Support from HR-inform

Further information on the recruitment process and pre-employment checks can be found in the employment law resources available online on the HR-inform website. Resources available to subscribers include our 'How to' guides detailing best practice for organisations, including our guide on handling employment references, and downloadable and customisable documents relating to pre-employment checks, including:

  • template letters – including those to offer or withdraw a conditional offer of employment, to request an employment reference, or to provide a reference

  • organisational policies – outlining internal recruitment and selection procedures, and a policy on providing a reference for current and ex-employees

  • management forms – covering consent from candidates to verify qualifications, to request a reference or to carry out a medical examination.

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