You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today

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You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today – Abraham Lincoln  Your business reputation and your employees are in your hands. Do you know who you are inviting onto site, what their intentions are or that they are in fact who they say they are? One of Agenda’s core values is Responsibility – avoid dodging your responsibility as an …

Pre-Employment Screening could save your business thousands of pounds!

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“When offering someone a job, you really don’t know them from Adam. The interview is an important part of gaining confidence in who you’re hiring, as are the induction and the probationary review, but pre-employment screening is a really good safety net for catching some of the issues that may cause you problems later on.” – Norman Mortell, Director of Operations …

Most good relationships are built on mutual trust and respect

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When asked, most people will say that their day to day work experience is highly affected by those who work around them; be it Management, co-workers or even people they pass while going to get a drink. As Mona Sutphen rightly said, “Most good relationships are built on a mutual trust and respect” and the same can be said for the workplace. …

Lying your Way to the Top?

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How many people do you think tell ‘tall tales’ on their CV in order to give themselves a bump up the ladder? The answer is likely more than you think. A 2016 survey concluded that around 38% of British people have admitted to lying on their CV at some point in their life, and it isn’t just those who are …

Suspected Illegal Workers – £40,000 Fine!

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During a recent raid by Immigration officers at a Travel Agents in Coventry, two Bangladeshi men were arrested and detained due to overstaying their Visas. “Employers should remember that failing to carry out the correct ‘right to work’ checks on staff can potentially lead to a heavy financial penalty. Using illegal labour is not a victimless crime; it cheats the …

Are you Screening Employees Fairly?

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Pre- employment screening is now seen as a crucial part of the recruitment process; who are you hiring? Do they have the right qualifications for the job? Are they legal to work? Are just some of the questions a thorough screening process can help answer. However, it can take several weeks to not only find a candidate, but to put …

Criminal Record checks can plague people for decades!

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England and Wales boast one of the most complicated criminal records systems, with three levels of background check available! And while certain crimes can be ‘filtered’ out of the system following a vigorous set of rules, about 1,000 offences must always be revealed, as must any that lead to a prison sentence. This causes a system where people are affected …

Would you risk your future by employing illegal workers?

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In an article published by GOV.UK on 26thDecember employing illegal workers comes with serious risk for business directors and owners.  The article details the directors which have been disqualified as a result of employing illegal workers, businesses included 4 restaurants, 3 butchers, a café, a clothing manufacturer and a petrol station.   At various locations around the UK, 39 illegal workers were employed …

Screening Your Seasonal Staff

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Are you like thousands of other businesses who employ seasonal staff across the Christmas period? Unlike permanent recruitment, temporary recruitment during this period of the year is often something that is done very quickly and can be given less thought than it should be. Employers are keen to get seasonal staff working and up to speed with the rest of …

The risk of employing illegal workers

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A week doesn’t seem to go past without a report of illegal workers being found working in UK businesses which is a worrying statement. More commonly found in construction and retail environments, illegal workers are employed probably due to lower labour costs however the fines attached to employing workers without the right to work in the UK can be very …

Fireworks, Bonfires & Pre-Employment Screening

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It is coming to that time of year again for bonfires, fireworks and parkin cake. Bonfire night is nearly upon us. The infamous insider Guy Fawkes was born in York in 1570, and is well known for his role in the plot to blow up the House of Lords with gunpowder in order to kill King James 1st and his ministers. …

Don’t Fear Your New Hires

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Taking on a new employee for your business can be a daunting task. Hiring the wrong person can cause all sorts of problems for your business – leading to you having a rather spoooooky time this halloween. Background Screening helps employers make safer and more informed recruitment decisions, and many organisations now have some form of background checking in place …

What do we do with your data?

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Increasing reports throughout the last ten years have shown a dramatic rise in the ‘insider threat’ – that is the damage that a bad hire can do to a business. This is due to the misrepresentations that can be made on CVs. These can be anything from minor embellishments to downright lies which can cause damage to a business’ reputation …

7 reasons to outsource your pre-employment screening

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Pre-employment screening, also known as vetting or background checking, is usually carried out on new job applicants. However, it is also a legal obligation for some roles such as those that involve working with children or vulnerable adults (DBS Checks). Outsourcing your pre-employment screening can be highly beneficial for your company, for a number of reasons, here we look at …

5 easy steps to losing your business £20,000

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How NOT to employ your next candidate… Step 1. Find a candidate to fill a job offer. Step 2.Do not thoroughly check the candidate’s paperwork, therefore you will not know about this person’s right to work within the UK. Step 3. Offer this candidate a job without conducting a pre-employment screening, meaning that there is no chance of anything negative being flagged …

Can you afford not to screen employees?

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Screening potential employees not only helps with finding out more about the candidate, but could also save you money in the long run! Below are just a few of the reasons why screening can be so important from a cost effective view: Illegal worker fines As of May 2016, the Immigration Act 2016 received Royal Assent in Parliament. Two main …

Bespoke screening tailored to your needs

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Whatever the size of your company and the industry you are based in, conducting background checks on your employees is something that is very important. Employing the wrong person within your business can be severely detrimental to your business’ reputation, as well as holding the possibility that this could have huge financial consequences to your business. There are lots of …

How to avoid bad hires – HR Grapevine

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Agenda Screening Services are featured in the June edition of HR Grapevine on pages 48 – 51. Read the full article here. As a part of the magazine feature our Director of Operations, Norman gives advice to businesses on how to avoid hiring bad candidates. He advises that the best way to get the most ideal applicants you must begin planning …

Screening from the company that cares

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Here at Agenda we pride ourselves on being a highly caring company – we try extremely hard to make our own staff feel as comfortable as possible within their working environment – this is one of the reasons that we have a ‘Great Place to Work’ scheme in place within our offices. Our Screening team live by the words ‘We Check, …

10 Reasons to Conduct Checks on your Employees

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Background Screening helps employers make safer and more informed recruitment decisions, and many organisations now have some form of background checking in place when hiring new staff members. Below are just some of the benefits of doing so: Pin points any criminal background – with the ability to conduct Basic, Standard and Enhanced Criminal Record checks, screening can help indicate any …

38% of Brits admit to lying on their CV

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In a survey conducted recently by the recruitment app ‘Job today’ 38% of British people have admitted to lying on their CVs – whether this be a small exaggeration or a huge, possibly business threatening lie remains to be seen but with 24% of British people having admitted to lying on this document on a regular basis this is definitely something that businesses need …

The importance of background checks

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It has been widely reported within the media recently that many companies are being fined by the Home Office for the employment of illegal workers. There has been an enormous crack down on this in the UK in recent months and this has many businesses losing out on a lot of money due to costly fines for not properly conducting …

Employing illegal workers leads to costly fines

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A Glasgow restaurant boss who recently employed four illegal immigrants has been fined  £25,000. The Herald Scotland reports on the recent case where an investigation found workers were being paid less than the minimum wage. Click here to read the story in full. Reports of illegal worker’s fines are featured in news on a regular basis. Companies can easily avoid fines …

Director disqualified for employing illegal workers

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Insider Media Limited have today reported on a Newcastle Restaurant Director being disqualified for seven years for allowing the company to employ illegal workers. Read the full article here This is a regular occurrence in the world of business and it should be a warning to other directors who are tempted to break the law. Is this risk really worth it?  …

Don’t underestimate the power of pre-employment screening

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Detection of thieves, fraudsters, illegal workers, terrorists and other individuals that do not have your best interest at heart is a major concern these days. The increasing number of cases of employees, some in senior or highly sensitive posts, who have been found to be fraudulent, in many cases, months or even years after they had been employed, has been …

Supermarket Director banned for employing illegal workers

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A former director of a collapsed Birmingham supermarket has been disqualified and fined after it found that the business employed illegal workers. Muhammad Hassan Uddin of Birmingham was a director of New Continental Supermarket Ltd on Coventry Road in Small Heath from May 2013 to November 2014. For more information on this story – click here For advice and guidance on …

Home Office’s tougher stance on illegal workers begins as NI companies face a £20,000

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Following on from the announcement by the Home Office of a more rigorous approach to tackle the problem of illegal workers, their officers visited two ‘takeaway’ premises in Northern Ireland and spoke with persons believed to be working illegally. As a result, one person is now on reporting requirements whilst his case is progressed and another is in detention pending …

The Home Office has launched a crackdown to root out illegal working in the construction industry

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The Home Office has launched a crackdown to root out illegal working in the construction industry. Operation Magnify will see immigration enforcement officers targeting construction sites and businesses that are employing and exploiting illegal migrant workers. Failure to comply with Right to Work checks can now result in a maximum fine of £20,000 for every illegal worker. Click here to …

Don’t finish your career

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Agendas Security Manager shares some useful advice following a recent article featured in the Independent newspaper. Les Greensides, Security Manager at Agenda Security Services says “The fact that Fraud Prevention Officers have taken this unprecedented step to warn students of the possible consequences of making false claims on their CVs highlights just how prevalent this offence has become. The willingness …