Tuesday, 3 June 2008

on the National Staff Dismissal Register

I previously blogged about the National Staff Dismissal Register, an initiative that should now be live. Today we received our answer on the role the government is playing in this scheme. The register is,

An online database of workers accused of theft and dishonesty, regardless of whether they have been convicted of any crime, which bosses can access when vetting potential employees.

Having never done anything wrong you could find yourself denied a future employment opportunity, because of the actions of a vindictive past employer. Such an employer would play the part of prosecutor, judge and jury in deciding your future, completely bypassing the legal system and with the bar set so high for prosecution under the Defamation Act 1996, it is not improbable that this bypassing will be the case.

What role is the government playing? Lord West of Spithead, Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Home Office, in a reply to a written question from Lord Roberts of Llandudno said,

The National Staff Dismissal Register is a commercial initiative of the Action Against Business Crime Group (AABC).

The Home Office, between 2004 and 2007, provided more than £1 million of funding to the group to set up and maintain 120 business crime reduction partnerships in towns and cities across England and Wales. All Home Office funding ceased in March 2007.

The Home Office has not been consulted about the setting up of the National Staff Dismissal Register and will not be involved in any way in its operation. It will be for AABC to ensure that the register complies with all relevant legislation.

Little comfort for those who may find themselves on the wrong side of this scheme through no fault of their own. Interestingly, for a group which stopped receiving funding from the Home Office since March 2007, they still prominently display a Home Office logo on their website.

I smell a cover up.


the witchfynder 13 June 2008 at 12:52  

The simple answer to this problem is to ask a prospective employer at interview if they´re involved in this nasty little scheme. If they answer yes, just walk out. That´s the only recourse we have and we should use it. These people are just horrible aren´t they really? Nice post/blog by the way.

thechristophe 13 June 2008 at 16:51  

Thanks very much, I think even more important would be a list of all companies using the register to themselves be on a database somewhere... so we can monitor them!

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