Employment

UK business report confirms reduction in fraud – but now is not a time to relax

Annual reports from BDO’s Fraud Track states that fraudulent activity cost the UK almost £750 million in the last year. But while this is a reduction from previous years figures, this could simply be due to lack of reporting, with only an estimated 1 in 50 cases likely to be reported.

How a previous bankruptcy can affect employment

Being declared bankrupt doesn’t necessarily mean that people can’t continue their career, but it might affect which industry or sector they can work in and the type of work they can do.

New year, new processes: why keeping your screening processes current is paramount

Carrying out comprehensive background screening is important to help avoid employing unsuitable candidates who won’t add value to your workforce. In addition, screening can aid in identifying criminal elements which might pose a risk to your business, your employees or customers. Pre-employment background checks are a critical part of the recruitment process and most companies now carry out screening as part of their standard employment procedures.

What causes candidates to lie on their CVs?

Lying on CV’s and in job interviews to secure a position is fraud. But a recent survey from independent job board CV Library has found that 92.5% of the British workforce have lied on their CV, with 71.6% of those admitting that they were hired because of the lie. CV Library’s survey of 1,000 UK workers researched the willingness of professionals to lie to a potential employer to secure a job, and found that many people were happy to take the risk.

Keeping on top of you HR Regulation Compliance

HR departments must maintain a state of constant diligence to ensure they keep on top of their regulatory responsibilities. The situation has reached fever pitch this year with the coming of the GDPR, which has triggered a mass review of company practices and procedures across all sectors and industries.

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.

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. 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.

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.

The new Open Banking rules and pre-employment screening

Data is central to our very existence and is often at the forefront of new legislation as our demand and reliance on data gets ever more ingrained.

Open banking is a new directive which came into force on 13th January 2018. Financial data regarding spending patterns and other details used to belong to the banks.

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.

The truth always comes out in the end – CV lies

With the Apprentice coming to an end, viewers were left enthralled by the exciting interview stage, during which contestant James White was discovered to have lied about certain details of his work history on his application. But how many people lie on their CV and how serious is it?

Possible reforms to the gig economy delayed

A report commissioned by Matthew Taylor, Downing Street’s advisor on modern work, published in July, called for changes to employment practices to reflect current business models. The main focus of the report was the gig economy, a growing area of the labour market which has long been criticised for exploitation.