Human Rights: On the record
On the record
Guidelines for the prevention of discrimination in employment on the basis of criminal record
Over recent years, the Commission has received a significant number of complaints from people alleging discrimination in employment on the basis of criminal record. The complaints indicate that there is a great deal of misunderstanding by employers and people with criminal records about discrimination on the basis of criminal record.
In 2005, the Commission produced ‘On the Record: Guidelines for the prevention of discrimination in employment on the basis of criminal record’. It was the result of an extensive research and consultation process undertaken by the Human Rights Commissioner in 2004 and 2005.
The Guidelines were revised in 2007, and in 2012.
‘On the Record’ provides information and practical guidance on how to prevent criminal record discrimination in the workplace. It covers existing anti-discrimination and related laws, as well as best practice principles when recruiting or employing someone who may have a criminal record.
NOTE: These guidelines are not legally binding. They are not intended to be (and should not be) relied on for legal advice.