Anna Bithrey explores the legalities of an employee lying on their CV and employers’ legal obligations

In 2017, a YouGov survey found 10 per cent of British people admitted to having lied on their CV, while subsequent surveys have found this number could be substantially more.

In this article, we explore the legalities of an employee lying on their CV and what employers can do to mitigate the risk of employing such an individual and what they should do if they find an employee has been dishonest on their CV.

If an employee is found by an employer to have obtained their role through being dishonest on their CV, depending on the severity of that dishonesty, this is likely to be considered a serious breach of the contract of employment entitling the employer to terminate the contract without notice on the grounds of gross miscond...

Anna Bithrey
Associate solicitor
Taylor Walton

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