What is happening in UK Employment Law in 2024?
A comprehensive overview of the major changes to UK employment law and noteworthy cases employers need to be aware of in 2024.Read more
Reforms to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 were implemented on 28 October 2023 to reduce the periods of time after which certain offences are no longer legally required to be disclosed to an employer.
Under the previous position, some offenders were required to disclose their sentences for the rest of their lives. Now, custodial sentences of four years or less, and of more than four years for some less serious crimes, will become ‘spent’ after a period of rehabilitation of up to seven years after the sentence has been served, provided that no further offence is committed in that period. If an individual reoffends during the rehabilitation period, they will have to disclose both their original and subsequent offences to employers for the duration of whichever rehabilitation period is longer.
The previous rehabilitation periods were:
The new rehabilitation periods are as follows:
However, it is important to note that convictions for serious sexual, violent, or terrorist offences will never be spent and are therefore always disclosable, and stricter disclosure rules will continue to apply to jobs that involve working with children and vulnerable people.
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