Employers, jobs and Football Banning Orders

Calling all football hooligans, online abusers, racists and employers. I want to share with you what this means for jobs.

Football Banning Orders (FBOs) are:

  • disclosable to employers
  • on criminal record checks just as other convictions and sentences are
  • disclosable after a fine and sentence have been completed as per the rehabilitation rules.

If you see the need to abuse others online remember that you will need to disclosure this to employers.

Employers, do your bit beyond gestures, and move into action:

  • make sure you know what you are asking/can ask of new employees
  • have a clear policy on how to deal with disclosed FBOs
  • do your criminal record checks via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or Disclosure Scotland
  • have procedures for dealing with existing employees whose social media activity is highlighted.

Act against racism, don’t just say no to it.

The reforms to the FBOs come in the aftermath of the appalling behaviour by many so-called England ‘fans’ this week at the Euro 2020 championships.

Instead of celebrating the brilliant achievement of being runners-up for the first time ever, achieved by the second youngest side at the Euros, a minority have undermined the professional, exemplary work of this socially-minded, community-spirited team and painted England yet again in a very negative light to the rest of the world.

For more on how Keith Rosser is making the world of work a safer place, look out for the July/August 2021 issue of Recruiter, due out next week.

• Inspiration for this post came from Dominic Headley FRSA. Keith Rosser is director of screening at Reed. This piece is being used with his permission.

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