Surviving a criminal charge, conviction or police investigation at work

Declaring convictions, charges and cautions



It is a good idea to let your employer know immediately if you have received a charge, caution, or conviction. Your employment contract and workplace policy may demand this and your failure to disclose a caution or conviction could lead to disciplinary action. You don’t really need to let them know about a Police Investigation unless your employment contract, disciplinary policy or professional rules require that you should.

Remember that your employer could be informed about your caution or conviction by the police or someone else so it’s much better if it comes from you first. That way you get to put your side of the story before someone else messes it up for you.

You do not need to declare fixed penalty fines for traffic offences unless you are disqualified from driving, and driving is important to your job.

The fact that you have a charge, conviction, caution or on-going police investigation does not mean that you will lose your job. Your employer has to take many things into account, including the effect of the matter on your job, clients and colleagues.

To give yourself the best possible chance, take a look at the Employee Rescue Guide on Surviving a criminal charge, conviction or police investigation at work  which contains all the information and resources you need to help you deal with this.

At Employee Rescue we believe that information is your friend. Buy the guide Surviving a criminal charge, conviction or police investigation at work to give yourself the best chance during this difficult period. This guide is your essential step-by-step guide to your rights and actions that you should take (or not). The guide is supplemented by information on the Disciplinary Action section of the website. It covers everything you need to know, taking you quickly and simply through essential information on;

  • Your legal rights
  • Remedies available to you
  • Template letters
  • Actions that you should take


Other resources available

Disciplinary action and capability

Discrimination at work

Surviving a workplace suspension

How to fight dismissal on Probation

How to survive a criminal charge, conviction or caution at work

Social Media and Unfair Dismissal

Surviving a disciplinary investigation at work

Surviving Capability and Performance Management

The Disciplinary Hearing

Alcohol and Drugs at work

How to prepare a schedule of loss for unfair dismissal





This resource is published by Employee Rescue Limited. Please note that the information and any commentary on the law contained herein is provided for information purposes only. The information and commentary does not, and is not intended to, amount to legal advice. Employee Rescue accepts no responsibility for any loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the material contained in this publication.

Further specialist advice should be taken before relying on the contents of this publication. You can send an e-mail to for such specialist advice if required.



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