WorkLife: Recruitment

Doctor heal thyself

Doctor heal thyself

Last week I attended some "interview training" at Farrers. One of my new duties as a recently promoted partner is getting involved in the recruitment of Farrers' new trainees. Now, as an employment lawyer I have been advising clients for years on "dos and don't" in recruitment. So it was something I was excited about and secretly thought I would be pretty good at. At the same time of course, as an employment lawyer I have been advising clients for years on what to do when it has all gone wron...

Recruitment – a few tips for the unwary around restrictive covenants and team moves

Recruitment – a few tips for the unwary around restrictive covenants and team moves

With recruitment in some sectors having picked up, we have seen employers becoming increasingly rigorous in protecting business interests on departure of key employees.  I therefore thought it was worth a quick recap on sensible steps to take when your business is on a recruitment drive.

Potential pitfalls when enquiring about criminal records in recruitment

Potential pitfalls when enquiring about criminal records in recruitment

Employers will often seek to make enquiries about an applicant's criminal record as part of the recruitment process. But the legal basis of doing so is perhaps not as straight forward as many employers would hope. This note covers some of the issues that can arise when enquiries are made about an applicant's criminal background.

Should Ched be given another chance? How employers should treat employees with criminal records

Should Ched be given another chance? How employers should treat employees with criminal records

No one will need reminding as to why Ched Evans has been in the news in recent weeks. The case has attracted a huge amount of media interest, with even Nick Clegg offering his two-bits. The public (and Sheffield United board) seem to be divided as to whether Evans should be allowed to play professional football again for his former club.