Workers Face Illegal Record Checks Employment Law 08.08.2008 Employers are carrying out illegal criminal record checks on applicants for jobs such as train drivers, gardeners and bricklayers, it has been revealed. Firms and charities in England and Wales use Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks to identify people who are not suitable to work with children or vulnerable adults, but an investigation by BBC Radio 4 says the CRB has been approached to carry out checks which uncover spent convictions that should not be disclosed. The news prompted crime reduction charity Nacro to call for the CRB to monitor applications for background checks, but the body said employers were best placed to know whether a check is necessary. People who have been convicted of a criminal offence and who have not reoffended since are protected from disclosing their spent conviction to prospective employers under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The only exceptions are if the person wants to work with children or vulnerable adults. The BBC reports that Nacro believes unnecessary criminal records checks are now undermining that law and too often leading to workers being suspended or sacked. Copyright © PA Business 2008 Press contact James Clarke Press Officer +44 (0)161 838 3169 Email James Related articles 19.06.2018The New Tax Evasion Facilitation Offence 19.06.2018Legal Challenge To Inadequate Care ‘A Wake-Up Call To The NHS’ 18.06.2018Family Of Former College Cleaner Appealing To Ex-Colleagues For Help Following Cancer Death 18.06.2018Family Law Team Ranked Number One 18.06.2018London Drives UK Tourism But Other Regions Attracting Attention 18.06.2018Omnichannel And Experiential 'Key To Retail's Future Success'