Changes to the way Disclosure Scotland is processing checks

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The Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA), is working alongside Disclosure Scotland to help provide clear and effective communication about changes to the way Disclosure Scotland will be processing check in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Temporary changes have been put in place to the way all application are being processed to prioritise those critical in the fight against COVID-19. Disclosure …

FCA temporarily softens SMCR rules

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Source: ftadviser.com The Financial Conduct Authority has softened aspects of its Senior Managers and Certification Regime to minimise the burden on firms during the coronavirus crisis. In a statement published Friday afternoon (April 3), the regulator said it would not enforce the requirement on firms to submit updated statements of responsibilities if the changes to staff were in response to …

Google To Move Post-Brexit UK Data To US

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UK Google users are set to lose the protections afforded to them from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), now that the country is embarking on its exit from the EU, according to CPO Magazine. Prompted by Brexit, the tech giant Google has announced plans to shift all its British data to the United States. The move will mean that …

Rapid RTW checks and Online verifications

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Given the news that over 50,000 new jobs will be will be created in the coming weeks to help the country deal with the coronavirus pandemic, with the workforce set to be increased in healthcare, food production and distribution companies, it is vital to enhance the screening process speed up applications and to ensure compliance. All applicants working within the …

Online job interviews for candidates stuck at home

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During the coronavirus pandemic, recruitment firms are resorting to going online for candidate interviews due to people being unable to leave their houses. In recent weeks, a growing number of companies are asking people to work remotely from their homes as part of social distancing efforts to try to slow the spread of Covid-19. Due to this, recruiters and hiring …

What background checks are you doing for your high-profile staff?

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In wake of the Westminster abuse scandal, the leader of Wigan Council has called for compulsory DBS checks for politicians. It came to light that the political establishment spent decades possibly ignoring allegations of child sex abuse; with high-profile politicians being protected from any police action.  Coun David Molyneux stated that he believes the public would have more confidence in …

Don’t put customers and colleagues at risk.

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Don’t put customers and colleagues at risk; check the qualifications of all those in roles of responsibility. The BBC have recently reported that a former NHS boss who lied about having a degree has been given a suspended prison sentence. The Former NHS Boss pleaded guilty to fraud and was handed two years in jail, suspended for two years, at …

The Updated BS7858 Standard

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The BS7858:2012 pre-employment screening standard, widely used in the UK security industry, is being phased out and replaced with BS7858:2019, which came into effect on the 30th September 2019. The 2012 version will be formally withdrawn as a standard, on the 31st March 2020. The scope of the standard has been widened to allow it to be used effectively in industries …

How recruiters can tell clients their employer brand is CRUCIAL

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As a recruiter, you can often find yourself coaching clients about a whole run-through of different tasks. Whether it’s writing job advertisement copy, helping them to improve their social media feed or showing them best practice when it comes to interviews, recruiters are usually there. Increasingly though, recruiters might be coaching their clients on how to improve their employer brand. …

References required for all staff under proposed legislation.

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New legislation could prevent employers from withholding references for former employees, in a move designed to protect individuals who have faced discrimination or harassment from being intimidated. The government proposal, announced by business secretary Andrea Leadsom, would mean that for the first time employers would be obliged to provide at least a basic reference for any former employee. It forms …

DBS Checks to be introduced for MOT Garages

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The DVSA has recently announced that security checks in the form of DBS Checks are to be introduced for MOT Garage Owners and Managers. This new process will replace the countersigning of driving licences or passports to check credentials. From 1 November 2019, staff must tell DVSA immediately if they get a conviction where one of the following is imposed: …

32% of UK firms have experienced damaging social media coverage

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In the last 12 months, 38% of UK businesses experienced internal fraud, compared with a global average of just 27%. The only region which had a higher incidence of internal fraud was sub-Saharan Africa at 44%, according to the Kroll annual global fraud and risk report. Despite performing worse than other competitors, nearly one in four (38%) UK business leaders …

Wiltshire introduce tougher background checks for Taxi Drivers

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County Chiefs in Wiltshire have agreed on tougher criminal background checks for taxi drivers recently, resulting in anyone who has been charged with exploitation, slavery or financial abuse (amongst other convictions) being banned from becoming a taxi driver. Anyone on the Sexual Offenders register will also be banned, and people with drug convictions, having a weapon, or discrimination will be …

Survey finds a poor recruitment experience damages the company brand

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Survey finds that a poor recruitment experience damages the company brand. Consider outsourcing all or part of your pre-employment screening to a company you can trust and one that provides UK based staff who can support your candidates, from anywhere in the world, every step of the way. Poor and dispiriting recruitment experiences can negatively impact a company’s brand, a …

Fines for Citigroup for inadequate background checks

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The Financial Regulatory Authority has fined Citigroup’s Global Markets business $1.25m for neglecting to conduct the needed background checks on thousands of their employees between 2010 and 2017. “According to the regulator, the New York-based bank did not conduct “timely or adequate” background checks for roughly 10,400 non-registered employees. As a result, it said, the bank employed at least three …