Firms told register now or risk delay in data checks

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Firms told register now or risk delay in data checksOn 23 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Organisations have been warned they could face significant delays whenrecruiting new staff responsible for children or vulnerable adults if they donot register with the Criminal Records Bureau by the new year. Employers such as NHS trusts and charities can check the criminal records ofprospective employees through the police, but from next March the service willbe carried out by the CRB. Mark Favager, marketing manager for the CRB, said employers must registerfor the disclosure service by the end of December or they will face delaysrecruiting these key staff next year. “Organisations that use as part of their recruitment process criminalrecord information to protect their customers, clients or staff must registerwith the CRB by the end of 2001 or risk being unable to carry out thesechecks,” he said. The CRB is holding a fringe event at the CIPD conference in Harrogate thisweek, where operations director Keith Broadbent will outline what employersneed to know about the service. From next summer, all employers will be able to ask prospective employeesfor details of their criminal records through the CRB, when provisions in thePolice Act (1997) become law. Firms will be able to ask applicants to apply for one of three types ofdisclosure: enhanced, standard and basic, depending on the post, each costing£12. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has claimed that the new powers will lead toan increase in discrimination against offenders. See for the breaking news from the CIPD conference, andnext week’s issue for in-depth coverage By Ben Willmott last_img read more