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RECRUITMENT: Lies, damned lies and CVs

07 April 2017  

Phil Allen looks at what employers can do about fraudulent or dishonest job applications

A senior NHS manager was recently given a two-year prison sentence for fraud and obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception, after lying about his qualifications to get a job. He fabricated parts of his work history and falsely claimed on his CV to have numerous qualifications (including two mythical PhDs), obtaining roles such as chief executive and the chair of an NHS trust. So how can employers guard against being misled by a job applicant and how can they deal with an employee who they later find out lied to get their job?

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    BP plc v Elstone & anor [2010] UKEAT/0141/09

    Cheltenham Borough Council v Laird [2009] EWHC 1253

    Powell v Christopher Clear t/a Quadreaux Technology [1998] ET 3101172/98