‘Check CVs’ warning from legal expert

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A Lancashire employment law expert is warning businesses to carry out thorough checks to spot potential employees lying on CVs.

Stacey Carter, solicitor in Napthens Employment team in Preston, has given her top tips following a high profile court case which saw a senior police officer from Carlisle jailed following an inquiry into claims he exaggerated his background to secure promotion and pay rises.

Preston Crown Court heard how the officer falsely claimed to have a university degree and lied about his experience. He was found guilty of fraud and misconduct in a public office and jailed for 18 months.

Stacey said: “There are a few basic steps which can be taken to reduce the risk of such actions by an individual.

“Employers should conduct background checks and make sure they follow up with referees. Getting evidence of qualifications is also important, and finally conduct ID checks to make sure an applicant is who they say they are and that they are entitled to work in the UK.”

She added: “If a business discovers someone has lied, consider dismissal but take legal advice first as the staff member may still have rights.

“Consider whether there is a claim for fraudulent or negligent misrepresentation entitling recovery of any losses, including salary paid.”