There may be times when employers want to see if their employees - potential as well as actual - have criminal records. Checks can be made with the Criminal Records Bureau but employers need to be aware that the CRB website ceased operation at the end of April 2011.
The online presence of the Criminal Records Bureau has been moved to three new locations, depending on the nature of the information.
The information is now available on the following websites:
• www.direct.gov.uk/crb - this website will allow access to services for CRB applicants and the general public, providing information on how and when to apply for a CRB check.
• www.businesslink.gov.uk/crb - information for registered bodies and other associated businesses and organisations using the CRB service as part of recruitment can be accessed through this website.
• www.homeoffice.gov.uk/crb - this website provides corporate information and publications for particular interest groups and partners.
As employers, the Business Link site will probably be the most relevant.
This was first published in June 2011