Understanding your future employees right to work in the UK

With penalties of up to £20,000 per illegal worker it is essential that those making the hiring decisions in your company are fully compliant with Right to Work legislation. Regardless of industry or sector, ensuring that your workers have the right to work here is essential. Failure to do so could have catastrophic consequences for your company both immediately and in the future.

The gig economy and how to screen for it

The gig economy is frequently in the headlines recently, with companies constantly hitting the media for their management of the contingent workforce. None such notorious as Uber, who had their operating license temporarily suspended due to questions surrounding background checks carried out on drivers. This has highlighted a rising need for regulating the ever-growing gig economy.

Should drug testing become a part of pre-employment screening?

The UK government and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that there should be no need for widespread workplace drug testing. But with 31% of the UK population saying they have taken illegal drugs and 21% saying they continue to do so occasionally, there is increasing support for making drug testing a mandatory part of pre-employment screening.

Criminality checking: basic, standard and enhanced DBS checks

DBS checking is the UK standard criminal records checking system and helps ensure that employers make better recruiting decisions, by preventing the hiring of unsuitable people to work with children or vulnerable adults, as well as to guard against fraud or other corporate crimes.

Basic DBS Criminal Record Checks for Individuals launched today

Security Watchdog are proud to announce the launch of Basic DBS Criminal Record checks for Individuals. Previously, we have only facilitated basic checks through employers, stopping self employed and lower risk individuals from applying directly.

Employment retention and how rescreening should become the norm

Pre-employment screening has become the norm as businesses attempt to protect themselves from a bad hiring decision which could result in theft, fraud, data breaches, litigation or risk to company reputation. But pre-employment screening is not enough, and a false sense of security can be created when companies fail to look at rescreening current staff members who already have access to sensitive company information, customers and valuable assets.

New rules regarding charity trustees and criminal records

New rules regarding disqualification of charity trustees and senior managers come into effect on 1st August 2018, and charities should take the time now to understand how the regulations will affect them and prepare adequately for compliance.

The cost of Illegal workers to UK Businesses

A recent survey by disclosure and barring service provider uCheck reports that UK business were fined £4 million by the Home Office in July-September 2017 for employing illegal workers.

5 Ways to Make Employment Screening Quicker and Easier

Securing the highest quality talent for your company is crucial for the smooth running and profitability of your organisation. Providing a fast and effective screening process will help ensure that the best candidates are retained, and avoid losing great talent as a result of cumbersome pre-employment screening procedures.

Why Mental Health Matters in the Workplace

Physical health has historically taken priority over mental health. But, according to Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of mental health charity Mind, a “quiet revolution” is taking place across businesses, and employers are waking up to the fact that good mental health within their organisation is crucial to their success.

Criminality checking for pharmaceutical workers

Pharmaceuticals is a highly competitive industry, with staff having access to sensitive and confidential information, the latest research, as well as potentially dangerous medication. Therefore, it is imperative that all candidates are subject to a full criminal records check to ensure that the right hiring decisions are made.