Checks employers can make

Checks employers can make on job applicants

Checks employers might need to run on job applicants

Get some basic information about what checks employers can make on job applicants in the uk, can an employer obtain background checks on anyone?


Your right to work in the UK

  • Employers must check that job applicants are allowed to work in the UK before they hire them.
  • An employer can be fined up to £10,000 if they can’t show evidence that they checked an employee’s right to work in the UK.

Criminal record checks

  • For certain jobs like working with children or in healthcare, employers need to carry out a criminal record check on new employees before they can start.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS - formerly CRB) checks
  • Unless there’s specific need to check someone’s criminal record for a job, it’s against the law for employers to refuse to employ them because of spent convictions.

Health checks

Employers can only ask successful candidates for a health check before hiring someone if:

  • it’s a legal requirement, eg eye tests for commercial vehicle drivers
  • if the job requires it, eg because their insurers need health checks on cycle couriers

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