5 reasons why identity document checks are an essential part of the pre-employment process

5 reasons why identity document checks are an essential part of the pre-employment process

If you work in HR or are responsible for recruiting staff, you will know that complying with Right to Work legislation remains essential and legislation isn't getting any simpler. Combined with continued enforcement, this puts more pressure on UK employers to get Right to Work checks for potential employees right.But checking whether someone has a legal right to work in the UK should only be undertaken once a potential employee's identity has been reliably confirmed. Checking identity documents, such as passports, are a first essential step. Here's why:1. Right to Work checks are irrelevant if the documents used to support their…read more >
The TrustID Document Helpdesk: a look behind the scenes

The TrustID Document Helpdesk: a look behind the scenes

One of the things which we’re particularly proud of at TrustID is our Document Helpdesk Team. They are experts in identity document validation and legislation and offer a unique and valuable service to our customers. Read on to find out more about this expert team and how they work...What does our Document Helpdesk Team do? Our Helpdesk Team is available 7 days a week. Our support hours cover 8 a.m. to midnight at the moment but this will soon increase to a 24/7 service. The main responsibilities for the Document Team include: Reviewing submissions from customers using our online validation service (TrustID Cloud) Our…read more >
How online validation can help with Right to Work during Covid-19

How online validation can help with Right to Work during Covid-19

  As ‘social distancing’ continues to enforce remote working and a lack of face-to-face contact, this clearly presents many challenges to businesses, including those who need to verify the identity of their staff or customers. However, you may be aware that, as of 30th March, the government has introduced some temporary changes to support businesses who are recruiting during these challenging times.   What has changed?  From 30th March, legislation surrounding Right to Work checks has been temporarily amended due to the circumstances surrounding Covid-19. Full details can be found here. The main takeaways from this announcement are designed to ensure that new…read more >
A summary of fake identity document trends in 2019 – Right to Work checks

A summary of fake identity document trends in 2019 – Right to Work checks

In 2019, the number of organisations relying on our checking services continued to grow significantly, across both the public and private sectors. As the number of checks has gone up, so has the number of fake documents identified: we broke a new record for fake documents last year! Our customers use our identity services as part of their Right to Work, Right to Rent, Counter fraud and KYC/AML check processes. In this annual round-up blog, we’ll look at data from those customers who are checking ID for Right to Work in the private sector and highlight some key trends: What…read more >
What’s happening at TrustID in 2020?

What’s happening at TrustID in 2020?

2019 was a great year at TrustID! We continued to validate many thousands of identity documents every month. Our customer base grew and we diversified into new markets, particularly in recruitment and restaurant chains. We saw a record number of fake documents – some more than once – and the helpdesk team grew significantly. So, what’s next? Read on for an overview of our plans in 2020: Document helpdesk We’re proud of our expert document helpdesk team who have a keen eye for a fraudulent document and vast Right to Work knowledge as well as delivering the best possible customer-service.…read more >
Identity fraud in SMEs: take early action to protect your business

Identity fraud in SMEs: take early action to protect your business

Data from Action Fraud shows that British businesses reported £88m of insider deception in 2017/18 – double the previous year – with the average loss rising to £62,000. Whilst financial fraud is a risk to every business of any size, SMEs certainly shouldn’t believe it won’t happen to them just because they are employing fewer staff or working within a smaller network. Identity fraud amongst employees presents a very real risk to SMEs. In fact, according to ActionFraud, 1 in 5 small businesses have been defrauded by an employee.Fraudsters can think of small businesses as easy pickings because, in general, they…read more >
Building a case for Right to Work check software in your business

Building a case for Right to Work check software in your business

Introduction All businesses in the UK, regardless of organisation size or sector, must ensure that every employee has the Right to Work in the UK. This means seeing and checking relevant identity documents in the presence of the holder. This can be a physical presence or via a live video link. In both cases, you must be in physical possession of the original documents. However, the number of people attempting to using fake identity documents to illegally gain employment continues to grow. What’s more, if you employ someone who has no Right to Work in the UK or who is using…read more >
Are you up to speed with Right to Work legislation?

Are you up to speed with Right to Work legislation?

Right to Work legislation is not straightforward! If you're making checks on staff, including temporary or voluntary staff, you can be shown 17 different types of document, potentially issued in hundreds of different countries, that may need to be checked in a variety of combinations to demonstrate eligibility to work in the UK.  And the Employers guide to Right to Work checks on the Government website stretches to 40 pages! So how confident are you that you and your staff all understand the rules and are all compliant when making identity document checks? We’ve put together a quick quiz based on some of…read more >
How will Brexit impact Right to Work checks?

How will Brexit impact Right to Work checks?

As you’re no doubt aware, all UK employers are currently required to conduct Right to Work checks on every prospective employee to comply with illegal working legislation and avoid unlawful discrimination But with huge uncertainty among UK businesses about Brexit, we are often asked how Right to Work legislation and processes may change when we leave the European Union. Of course, the answer is that none of us know for sure. However, we can be sure that there are already a significant number of illegal workers in the UK and that the attraction to try and gain illegal employment in…read more >
Making checks on a passport to confirm identity

Making checks on a passport to confirm identity

In this era of increased compliance, rising cases of fraud and significant penalties for those who get it wrong, carrying out robust checks on identity documents has never been more important. And no other document carries more weight in establishing a person’s identity than a passport. Passports must conform to certain international standards and contain several security features designed to make their forgery as difficult as possible. However, this doesn’t stop people trying and over the last 2 years, passports were the fraudulent documents most commonly shared with our helpdesk team by our customers.If your organisation wants to protect themselves…read more >