Job Applicant Privacy Notice

Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (referred to as "CEC" or "the company" throughout this notice) collects and process personal data relating to job applicants as part of our recruitment process. We are committed to being transparent about how we collect and use that data and to meeting our data protection obligations.

This notice sets out the basis on which we collect, use and disclose the personal data of our job applicants, as well as your rights in respect of such personal data.

What information does CEC collect?

CEC collects a range of information about you. This includes:

  • your name, address and contact details, including email address and telephone number;
  • details of your qualifications, skills, experience and employment history;
  • information from interviews and phone-screenings you may have;
  • information about your current level of remuneration, including benefit entitlements;
  • information about your entitlement to work in the US; and
  • on a voluntary basis, equal opportunities monitoring information, including information about your ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health and religion or belief.

The company collects this information in a variety of ways. For example, data might be provided in the Candidate Profile, contained in application forms, CVs or resumes, obtained from your passport or other identity documents, or collected through interviews or other forms of assessment, including online tests.

CEC will also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employers, information from employment background check providers and information from criminal records checks. The company will seek information from third parties only once a job offer to you has been made and will inform you that it is doing so.

Why does CEC process personal data?

CEC needs to process data to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract with you. We also need to process your data to enter into a contract with you.

In some cases, the company needs to process data to ensure that it is complying with its legal obligations. For example, it is required to check a successful applicant’s eligibility to work before employment starts.

The company has a legitimate interest in processing personal data during the recruitment process and for keeping records of the process. Processing data from job applicants allows the company to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate’s suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. The company may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.

Where the company relies on legitimate interests as a reason for processing data, it has considered whether or not those interests are overridden by the rights and freedoms of employees or workers and has concluded that they are not.

Where the company processes other special categories of data, such as information about ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health or religion or belief, this is for equal opportunities monitoring purposes and purely on a voluntary basis.

For some roles, the company is obliged under the law to conduct denied parties screening or seek information about criminal convictions and offences. Where the company seeks this information, it does so because it is necessary for it to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.

Who has access to data?

Your information may be shared internally within the company for the purposes of the recruitment process. This includes members of the HR team, interviewers involved in the recruitment process, and managers in the business area with a vacancy.

CEC has contracted with HireAbility for the purpose of parsing resume content. Resumes submitted in our careers portal will be sent electronically to HireAbility in an attempt to extract contact information and qualifications. The extracted data is used to simplify the application process by pre-populating some of the application form fields for you to review. All of the extracted data that we use in our recruitment process is visible and editable by the applicant before being submitted. HireAbility's privacy policy is available for review at https://www.hireability.com/company/privacy/.

Except for resume parsing, we will not share your data with third parties, unless your application for employment is successful and an offer of employment is made. We will then share your data with former employers in order to obtain references.

In addition, we may need to share your personal information with a regulator or otherwise to comply with the law.

How does the company protect data?

The company takes the security of your data seriously. It has internal policies and controls in place to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, altered, misused or disclosed, and is not accessed except by our employees in the proper performance of their duties.

Your rights

As a data subject, you have a number of rights. You can:

  • access and obtain a copy of your data on request;
  • require the company to change incorrect or incomplete data;
  • require the company to delete or stop processing your data, for example where the data is no longer necessary for the purposes of processing;
  • object to the processing of your data where the company is relying on its legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing; and
  • ask the company to stop processing data for a period if data is inaccurate or there is a dispute about whether or not your interests override the company’s legitimate grounds for processing data.

If you would like to exercise any of these rights or if you have any questions about this notice or our processing of your data more generally, please contact applicationproblems@cecinc.com.

For how long does the company keep data?

Unless you request deletion your personal information, we will retain it for a minimum of 12 months from your last update, or while under consideration for other openings, unless otherwise required by law. If you are hired by CEC, we will retain the personal information you have submitted as part of your employment record for the term of your relationship with CEC and for any post-termination period permitted or required by law.

What if you do not provide personal data?

You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide data to the company during the recruitment process. However, if you do not provide the information, the company may not be able to process your application properly or at all.