New law on disclosing convictions 'will help people back into work'

Published on 22 Nov 2020, 17:52
Campaigners say reforms to the law on disclosing convictions will help more people into work and reduce crime rates.

From next week the length of time people need to reveal prison sentences or community payback orders to potential employers is being reduced.

Anyone sentenced to 12 months in prison will only have to reveal it for three years rather than ten.

The law for more serious crimes with prison sentences above four years will not be changed.

Community payback orders will be cut from five years to 12 months or the length of the order.