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How will the UK leaving the EU affect employment in the UK?

It has now been over two years since Britain voted to leave the EU, in one of the most controversial and talked about political moves in history. But, despite the exit talks dominating the headlines, are we really any closer to understanding the impact that Brexit will have on our workforce?

Helping to reduce recruitment fraud

Security Watchdog has always been at the forefront of innovation and legislation within the screening industry. We have recently become a supporting member of SAFERjobs.

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 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.

Online Vulnerability Assessments explained

The text outlines the problems potentially faced by youngsters who, having had their early years documented and shared on social media by enthusiastic yet naïve parents, must then advance into adulthood with an unknown amount of private information about them already freely available in the public domain – published without their consent.

New UK Data Protection Act launched before GDPR

On the 23rd May 2018, the long-awaited replacement to the United Kingdom’s data protection legislation received Royal Assent and completed its journey through Parliament.  The Data Protection Act 2018 as it is now known, will be formally implemented on the 25th May 2018 – coinciding with the Europe-wide implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The Criminal Records Trade Body launch

Security Watchdog is pleased to announce the launch of the Criminal Records Trade Body (CRTB).

This group, founded by Security Watchdog and other industry leaders, will form a committee within the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) the 880-member strong organisation dedicated to the promotion of ethics and performance standards across the screening industry.

Fake qualifications misleading recruiters

A BBC radio 4 programme has exposed a huge global trade in fake qualifications from so called “diploma mills” and fake organisations, which are misleading recruiters and putting unqualified people in positions of responsibility and power.

ID Right to Work Workshop - 23rd March @ 10am - Book your spot now!

Security Watchdog's ID Right to Work workshop is your chance to understand the complexities of ID Right to Work. The workshop will take place at the Security Watchdog Training Suite, Cross & Pillory House, Cross & Pillory Lane, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1HL.

Update on the fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive

On 13 December 2017, a provisional agreement on the final text of the fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, known as 5MLD, was published. This will amend the current Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, and once the text has been approved by the Permanent Representatives Committee and an agreement is reached between the European Parliament and Council, 5MLD will be formally adopted – although the exact date of implementation is yet to be determined. A summary of the key changes to the Anti-Money Laundering Directive that 5MLD will bring includes:

New Gender Pay Gap Laws

A new EU law which requires all larger firms to publish details of their gender pay gap comes into force in April 2018, and some firms have already started sharing their data.

The gender pay gap – the difference between the average earnings of male and female workers, has long been a marker for gender equality, and equality groups are speaking out against huge pay gaps within high-profile companies. The gender pay gap highlights the representation of women throughout the entire organisation and is separate from equal pay/pay equality which describes different pay scales for the same or similar job roles.

Eu vs UK Immigration law - Toufik Lounes v Secretary of State for the Home Department - The Verdict


The Court of Justice of the European Union today released a press release regarding its judgement in the case of Toufik Lounes v Secretary of State for the Home Department.  The case, outlined in July 2017 here, centred around the right of a naturalised British woman of Spanish origin to live with her Algerian husband in the UK, despite his residency application being refused.

Mr Toufik Lounes, an Algerian national, had originally entered the UK in 2010 before illegally overstaying his six-month visitor visa, while Perla Nerea García Ormazabal had obtained dual British-Spanish nationality in 2009, having lived in the UK since 2004.  The two married in 2014, whereupon Mr Lounes applied for the issuance of a residence card as a family member of a European Economic Area (EEA) national.  This application was refused in May 2014, and the couple appealed to the High Court of Justice of England and Wales, who in turn referred the case to the Court of Justice.

Following a five-month deliberation which relied heavily on the interpretation of Article 21(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), todays judgement is that:

 “… A non-EU national in Mr Lounes situation is eligible for a derived right of residence under Article 21(1) TFEU, on conditions which must not be stricter than those provided for by the directive or the grant of such a right to a third-country national who is a family member of an EU citizen who has exercised his right of freedom of movement by settling in a Member State other than the Member State of which he is a national.”

The Court considered that a denial of Ms Ormazabal’s right to build a family life with her non-EEA spouse would amount to her being treated as British citizen who has never left the UK, with a disregard for her retained Spanish origin, and for her exercised right to freedom of movement within the EU, and stating that:

“…it would be contrary to the logic of gradual integration in the host Member State that is inherent in Article 21(1) TFEU to hold that EU citizens in Ms Ormazabal ’s situation are to be deprived of the right to a normal family life in the host Member State because they have sought, by becoming naturalised in that Member State, to become more deeply integrated in that State.”

The outcome of this case has been greatly anticipated, as it sets a precedent for other cases involving dual nationality citizens and the disparities between EU and UK law in relation to marriage ahead of the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU.