BITC urges more to get onboard for Ban The BoxNovember 2014
Business in the Community is calling on more UK employers to remove the criminal record disclosure tick box from application forms – as part of its Ban the Box campaign.
Currently only 25 employers, with a combined workforce of over 200,000 have removed the criminal record tick box from their recruitment process.?
?Business in the Community says too few employers are taking action to make their workforces accessible to the 1 in 5 unemployed jobseekers with a criminal conviction due to exaggerated fear; misunderstanding of legal requirements surrounding conviction disclosure; and the belief that the tick box helps to prevent risk to the organisation and employees.
“Removing the tick box doesn’t remove disclosure,” says Catherine Sermon, Employment Director, BITC. “It simply moves asking about convictions to later in the recruitment process – assessing candidates on their suitability, skills and ability first. “
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