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

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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.

How to become a British royal


Prince Harry finally proposed to girlfriend Megan Markle and Royal wedding fever has already begun. But Meghan Markle is not British, which means that her path to becoming a royal won’t be simple.

As a US citizen currently living and working in Canada where her TV show Suits is produced, Meghan Markle needs a UK visa to live in Britain. Despite marrying a prince, she will still have to go through the same process as other non-EEA nationals. Applying for a UK visa costs around £1000 and applicants must meet the minimum family income requirement of £18,600 per year or savings of at least £62,500.

The minimum income requirement won’t be a problem for millionaires Meghan and Harry, but the requirement has been criticised by many for keeping families apart. Set in 2012 by then Home Secretary Theresa May, as a means of immigration control, it has created many “Skype families” who stay in touch over Skype. The income requirement was calculated at a rate which should prevent migrants from becoming a burden on the welfare system. But with 40% of British workers in full time or part time employment not meeting the threshold, particularly young people and women, it remains a significant barrier.

Photo credit - Hello Magazine

Photo credit - Hello Magazine

Meghan Markle will need to return to the UK as a fiancé in order to get her status changed. She needs to prove that wedding plans have begun and then must get married within 6 months. As a fiancé, Meghan will not be able to work in the UK, paid or otherwise.

Once the wedding has taken place, she will need to apply to switch her status to spouse. Only after 5 years of living in the UK can Meghan apply for indefinite leave to remain (after passing the Life in the UK test), and after 5 years of marriage she can apply to become a British Citizen.

Even future Royals must follow the rules to be able to legally live and work in Britain. And with all eyes on them, Prince Harry and Miss Markle will have to make sure that they do everything by the book. With fines to employers of £20,000 per illegal worker, it is critical that employers ensure that all their staff are legally entitled to work here.