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Yes, they do at the time of recruitment. They are exempt from the rehabilitation of offenders act and so can get the full history of spent and unspent convictions
I completed a test over 6 years ago when I joined and passed with flying colours as this is my only offence.
The handbook states that they have the right to check existing employees at any time, but to my knowledge I have not had another check.
I do not think the offence itself would cause too many issues as I am not required to drive for work, please correct me if I am wrong. My biggest concern is that through my ignorance I have not disclosed it immediately as per the company policy.
If I disclose this now what are the possible outcomes?
I can accept a disciplinary if it is just a warning and I get to keep my job.
Can this be grounds for dismissal?
My work history has been exemplary for the last 6+ years, evidenced by 3 promotions in the time, (2 of which after the event)
Can this single incident be enough grounds for dismissal?
I know that ignorance is no excuse, but if I were to come forward of my own volition as soon as I realized that this should have been disclosed, could that improve my chances?
If they do dismiss me, would I have grounds for unfair dismissal?