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Criminal record 'tick box' condemned

Employers should stop asking about criminal convictions on job application forms, according to an academic study. Dr Beth Weaver of Strathclyde University found that criminal record declarations do little to predict the risk of someone re-offending. But they often lead to applicants with previous convictions being dismissed out of hand for no good reason. She said it would be better for employers to ask about convictions at a later stage in the recruitment process. Her findings have been published in a paper for the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice, and have been welcomed by supporters of the "ban the box" campaign, who want employers to drop criminal record declarations from job application forms.

Researcher calls for end to job forms criminal convictions disclosure box (Journal Online 04.01.19)
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Category: Employment » Recruitment. Keyword(s): Rehabilitation of offenders. Area(s) of law: Employment; Public Sector.
Source: BBC News.

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