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The laws and NHS regulatory framework governing recruitment and selection processes and avoiding unfair discrimination play an important role at every stage of the recruitment and selection process. Employers should judge job applicants against a range of objective criteria, eg skills, knowledge and experience and not on personal factors.
Employers also need to be aware of other legal requirements, such as legislation on criminal records, the need to check that the selected candidate has the right to work in the UK, and case law on references for those selected for appointment. In addition, data protection legislation (which was revised as from 25 May 2018 as a result of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) imposed in the UK through the Data Protection Act 2018) applies to the gathering, retention and disclosure of information obtained during the recruitment process.
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