Disclosure of Criminal Convictions – when must an employee disclose them to you?


Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a criminal conviction will become ‘spent’ or discharged, after a certain period of time.

Author: Dennis Chapman
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The time scales in which employees have to disclose criminal convictions to you is being reduced.

Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a criminal conviction will become ‘spent’ or discharged, after a certain period of time. Prior to the expiry of this period, employees and potential employees seeking employment from you will have to disclose any criminal convictions. After this period is over, spent convictions no longer have to be disclosed.

However the period of time which has to elapse before a conviction becomes spent has been reduced from 10 March 2014. This will also include fines as a result of any criminal prosecution.

The exact reduction of time periods will differ for different types of offences.

See the Gov.UK link below for specific reductions…


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