The government have said that they intend to appeal through the Supreme Courts against a Court of Appeal ruling that it is a breach of human rights to require employees to disclose criminal convictions to employers. In the COA cases it is understandable why this conclusion was reached. By way of illustration, one case concerned a 17 year old job applicant who had to disclose police warnings received for theft of a bicycle at age 11. However, as a broad sweeping principle, this would clearly cause problems for employers if employees could apply for jobs without disclosing unspent criminal records.