What are the legal requirements of undertaking pre-employment checks on potential employees?

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What are the legal requirements of undertaking pre-employment checks on potential employees?

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Once you have chosen a potential new employee, there are some checks that you may want to make — or, indeed, may be required to make — before you make a firm job offer. Some checks are required by law — particularly eligibility to work in the UK and safeguarding criminal record checks on those who are to work with children and vulnerable adults. Others are merely, but importantly, “good practice” and they may have some legal implications for the employer in their use. They are summarised below, with a short explanation of the legal requirements.

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