The Legal Stuff - Webinar Round-up

On the 11th December, we held the first in our series of Ban the Box online events. We focused on The Legal Stuff – providing an overview of the terminology and legislations that are relevant to employers when they consider how to Ban the Box.

Our speakers

  • Nicola Inge, Work Inclusion Campaign Manager, Business in the Community

  • Juliet Holden, Corporate Responsibility Executive, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

  • Christopher Stacey, Director (Services), Unlock

Event summary

Nicola Inge highlighted the campaign so far, sharing our plans for Ban the Box over the coming year. She invited you to contact us if you’re interested in banning the box and would like our support to do so. You can also contact us with any questions, challenges or stories related to the campaign.

Juliet Holden spoke about Freshfields’ plans to Ban the Box and why and how they took this decision. She also reflected on how an understanding of the relevant legislation is helping her and the HR team to develop the policies and processes they will put in place once they’ve banned the box (see presentation below).

Christopher Stacey delivered a short training session picking apart the terminology and legislation that relates to the typical question which appears on application forms: “Have you been convicted of a criminal offence which is not spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974?” Christopher explained how each of these terms relates to the recruitment process and why banning the box can help to ensure employers gather more helpful information later on in that process.

Download the presentation for all the details and for links to further information. Please note that this presentation has been updated to accurately reflect the amended Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, which was implemented in March 2014.

Want to know more?

Contact us for further information or to access support to Ban the Box.

Our next webinar on 23rd September will focus on how to ban the box. Register to attend.

For roundups of all of the webinars in this series as well as other resources to support you to Ban the Box, visit the Ban the Box resource bank.