EMPLOYERS COULD TAKE ACTION AGAINST CV FRAUD – THIS SHOULD BE SET AS A WARNING TO CANDIDATES AND EMPLOYERS
A CV fraudster has lied about their qualifications and experience and has been ordered to pay back at least part of their wages. Although it would be disproportionate to claim all wages as a job has been fulfilled, it would be correct to confiscate the difference between the higher earnings made as a result of the fraud and the lower earnings the defendant would have made if fraud hadn’t taken place.
A recent survey from Reed has indicated that as many as up to 40 per cent of UK workers lie or have lied on CVs, this recent ruling means there isn’t about to be a new employer approach to handling CV dishonesty. Employers might start asking for education certificates more often, however a lot of employers and recruiters have always scrutinized CV’s especially when there are gaps within the work history.
It is now time to review the processes as they could become liable if there is a fraud that has been missed, not all CV embellishments are the same, lies such as claiming qualifications, jobs roles and achievements that are simply untrue, and there is the exaggeration and passing off of such information.
Being untruthful in certain sectors can be dangerous, and this could pose a threat to customers and communities they serve, and can be deemed as unfair if other candidates are not embellishing their own backgrounds.
Lying on a CV is a criminal offence and should now act as a warning, what this case has done is highlight the potential ramifications of lying or exaggerating qualifications on CV’S and how serious the consequences could be.