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Shutterstock The government is postponing the return to in-person right to work checks until June 21st. We recently provided a right to work check update advising companies to prepare for the reintroduction of physical checks. However, due to industry lobbying from various bodies including the Association of Profession Staffing Companies (APSCo) and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the government has decided to postpone that decision until June 21st. Within the last hour, the government updated its advisory page to…

Image from the DBS Press Release Yesterday, the DBS published a press release regarding a campaign to raise awareness about employment fraud. Working in collaboration with JobsAware, Disclosure Scotland and AccessNI, they hope to help people avoid scams that are becoming worryingly pervasive in the pandemic job market. For example, the press release states: During the pandemic, almost three in four job seekers (74%) applied for jobs that were not genuine.Disclosure and Barring Service Press Release JobsAware is a non-profit…

29
Apr
Why Background Screening Is Important
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Making a new hire is both one of the biggest investments and largest risks you can put into your company: that's why background screening is so important. When making such a weighty choice - especially if it is a higher level hire, such as a director, you want to have confidence. The wrong one could end up costing you time, money and potentially, even permanently damage your brand's reputation. Simple precautions such as checking a candidates work references and education,…

With Brexit bringing an end to UK-EU freedom of movement, the process for checking an EU/EEA or Swiss applicant's right to work will be changing. Until June 30th, current guidelines still apply. However, after that point, the government will introduce new immigration rules, and you will also need a sponsor licence to employ EEA citizens. Detailed information is available on the government's website. We first covered changes to Right to Work checks back in February. However, the government has since…

16
Apr
Changes to the Teachers’ Pensions Online Service
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On 1 April 2021, the government changed access to the Teachers' Pensions Online Service. Credence advises all users that the current Teachers’ Pensions Online (TP Online) Service has ceased to operate from 31 March 2021 and been transferred to the Department for Education (DfE). Employers outside of educational settings no longer meet the legal requirements to check the children’s barred list status of applicants for jobs in schools, colleges and universities. This includes background screening companies, as well as recruitment,…

14
Apr
Due Diligence checks in more than 165 countries: Garancie
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With governments and auditors cracking down across the globe, now seems the perfect time to highlight Credence's sister company, Garancie, who provide corporate due diligence checks in over 165 countries. Garancie specialises in helping their clients risk-check individuals and companies in any jurisdiction - whether it's off-shore, emerging or mature markets, Garancie has you covered. A market leader, Garancie was one of the first companies to create efficient, accurate methodology that has been helping companies to carry out scalable due…

07
Apr

Audit industry set for reform over dominance of Big Four firms and in the wake of accounting scandals at companies such as Carillion and Patisserie Valerie © FT montage Hiring a new director inevitably presents a massive risk to a company. Making the wrong choice could put a lasting dent in the trust of the comapny and public reputation. With the Financial Times reporting that the UK government is considering making directors directly responsible for the accuracy of company financial…

01
Apr
European References: Pandemic Impact
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Cafe staff in Rome after Italy resumed lockdown (AFP via Getty Images) Companies seeking European references must be wary. A burgeoning third-wave of COVID-19 infections is striking the continent, forcing countries to re-implement lockdown measures. Yahoo News reported on March 15th that Italy, one of the countries worst affected by the virus, went back into lockdown. The virus has caused more than 100,000 deaths in the country, giving it the dubious honour of being second only to the UK in…

17
Mar
Looking for a remote job – try Jooble
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Founders Roman and Evgeniy, who studied together at Kyiv Polytechnic Institute The pandemic has provided a harsh environment for job-seekers, so we'd like to highlight the service that the Ukrainian company Jooble provides if you are seeking new employment. They also provide support for the growing market for jobs based on home-working. Of course, that doesn't mean we recommend skipping on BPSS, criminal record checking or other relevant pre-employment screening! If you want to skip the explanation and just check…

16
Mar

NatWest said it ‘takes extremely seriously its responsibility to seek to prevent money laundering by third parties’ © Bloomberg Yesterday, the Financial Times reported that the regulator launched criminal proceedings after a client deposited £365 million through the UK bank Please find the original article here on the Financial Times' website. The FT reports that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has began criminal proceedings against NatWest for breaking anti-money laundering rules. The case is a landmark under the law, being…