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Getting identity checks right
Posted: 21st November 2017
In October 2017, the Disclosure and Barring service introduced new identity checking guidance to align the DBS process with Right to Work checks for businesses. The first, critical step in both processes is, of course, ensuring that the person you’re checking is who they say they are. After all, both processes cost time and money and both become irrelevant if the documents used to support their identity are forged. And both processes can bring serious risks to a business if they are not conduct...
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Recruiting extra staff for Christmas? Don't forget Right to Work checks
Posted: 15th November 2017
Like it or not, the countdown to Christmas has begun. And for many businesses, from restaurants to retailers, so has the drive to bring on additional staff to cope with the seasonal rush. Commercial pressures during busy hiring periods may make it tempting to cut corners but you still need to ensure that all potential employees are eligible to work in the UK. Read our tips on recruiting seasonal staff across different locations...
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Making ID checks for compliance in Umbrella companies.
Posted: 20th October 2017
As the number of self-employed workers in the UK grows, hundreds of thousands of workers turn to umbrella companies to act as their employer, either through referral by a recruitment agency or directly. As the employer, the umbrella company needs to check the ID and Right to Work of every one of these contractors. So how can an umbrella organisation run identity checks efficiently and consistently to ensure they comply with current legislation?
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How can identity scanning help in the fight against human slavery?
Posted: 16th October 2017
The 18th October is a significant day in the calendar to highlight an issue that affects many thousands of people – it’s National Anti-Slavery day, implemented to raise awareness of the need to eradicate all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation. So, I thought it would be an ideal time to focus the attention of our blog towards this very difficult subject and explore how identity scanning can support the fight against human slavery.
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4 steps to sensitively deal with fake identity documents
Posted: 8th August 2017
What should you do if you check an identity document and it fails your checks? Handling counterfeit or fraudulent identity documents can be nerve-wracking so our blog pulls together some practical advice to tackle this sensitive topic.
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Putting the trust back into business with ID verification
Posted: 17th July 2017
If you’re an HR professional making Right to Work checks, you will probably have a well-developed instinct as to the trustworthiness of people. But with more diverse workforces and flexible ways of working, everyone’s ability to make judgements is being stretched far beyond just intuition. At the same time, with strict penalties for illegally employing staff, making the right judgement is more important than ever.
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Failed identity documents in the construction sector (Part 2)
Posted: 26th April 2017
In the construction industry, the risk of employing illegal workers is intensified by a high demand for labour coupled with a skills shortage and a complex, fast-moving supply chain involving contractors, sub-contractors, sub-sub contractors etc. ID scanning can help construction businesses to identify and prevent illegal working and protect themselves from employing someone who is not who they say they are.
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5 ways that a document verification system could help your recruitment agency
Posted: 7th April 2017
In an industry that's all about people, it’s critical that you know that a candidate is who they say they are. Most recruitment businesses will have a process in place for making identity checks, but a manual process can be time-consuming and inconsistent. Read on to find out how an ID scanning system could benefit your recruitment business.
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An analysis of failed identity documents (Part 1)
Posted: 20th February 2017
At TrustID we spend time analysing the trends relating to document scanning across our customer base, looking at the type of fraudulent documents that we are seeing and highlighting key risk areas. And we share some key findings each quarter. This blog includes insights from the medical recruitment sector who referred the highest number of fake documents in Q4 2016.
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How we protect our recruitment business from illegal workers
Posted: 11th August 2016
With the number of fake passports seized at UK borders reaching a five-year high and high-profile stories of ‘illegal workers’ hitting the press, such as the tale of Byron Burgers, many companies may be concerned about their own screening and on-boarding process. In our ‘guest blog’, we share our ‘Top 10 Tips’ for protecting a business from the risks of illegal workers.
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Making sense of identity document checks at Oxford City Council
Posted: 23rd February 2016
Oxford City Council have been scanning and verifying identity documents since June 2014 and have captured well over 10,000 scans. They use ID scanning technology in customer-facing areas as well as within their HR team. As a busy council serving over 150,000 members of the public, their focus is on being able to run simple but robust checks before giving access to public services – to make sure that those claiming are who they say they are – and complying with Right to Work checks on their own s...
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Finding fake identity documents in the NHS
Posted: 25th January 2016
This blog shares a couple of noteworthy identity document referrals made to our helpdesk team from the NHS. They showcase how effective ID scanning can be in different scenarios facing the NHS and make for interesting reading.
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