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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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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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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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Failed identity documents in Construction
Posted: 25th July 2017
During our analysis of Q2 2017, we discovered that 34% of all fake identity documents found by our clients were from those operating in the construction industry. In fact, this was the largest group of fake documents from any sector.
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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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Document verification systems - 5 reasons why they're best for finding fake identity documents
Posted: 13th July 2015
ID scanning has taken a front-line role in detecting forged identity documents. HR departments and security managers within the NHS, Government bodies, academic institutions and many private-sector employers such as recruitment, construction, retail, facilities management, are taking the lead in the use of this technology. This blog lists 5 reasons why they are finding it the most accurate and cost-effective commercially available solution.
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5 reasons why identity document checks are an essential part of the pre-employment process
Posted: 30th March 2015
If you work in HR, you will know that there is an ever-increasing enforcement of Right to Work legislation, putting more pressure on employers to check potential employee's right to work in the UK. 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 confirmed. Here’s why checking identity documents, such as passports, are an essential element.
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