Foolproof ID checking solution for the construction industry

How would you like a foolproof ID checking solution for your industry?

HowIllegal working Operation Magnify confident can you really be about the identities of every worker on your company’s construction sites? There’s a potential £20,000 fine with your company’s name on it for every worker with fake IDs found. Perhaps a prison sentence too. Will your checks protect you?

Furthermore, it’s no idle threat. The government firmly placed the spotlight on illegal workers in the construction sector with Operation Magnify. So far firms have paid hundreds of thousands in fines, and directors have been sentenced to decades in prison.

We’ve heard that the Home Office strongly suggest that Tier 1 suppliers take overall ownership, but the rules apply to every employer – from the main contractor to subbies, to agencies supplying labourers and other short-term site personnel.

Fortunately, you have an easy, foolproof and failsafe. uAuthenticate.

How uAuthenticate guarantees your compliance

It’s like having an insurance-backed policy to give you the Statutory Excuse that protects you against fines and worse. It’s the only ID authentication system in the UK to contain Home Office guidelines. Considering all this, it’s a fraction of the cost of a single fine, and with our new mobile app, every HR officer and every site manager can play their part in protecting your business. At the risk of repetition wouldn’t it be great having an ID checking solution on every one of your sites to ensure your compliance?

The uAuthenticate scanner solution checks every visible and invisible fact and security feature on more than 3,000 ID documents and visas from 200 countries. It:

  • Scans in ultraviolet, infrared and white light
  • Extracts RFID (chip) data, including biometrics
  • Issues a clear pass or fail in just seconds
  • Creates and stores a complete audit trail for every worker and every document
  • Alerts you to imminent visa expiries
  • Helps you pass UKVI inspections
  • Provides a Statutory Excuse and is continually updated with the current Home Office guidelines.

Is your company’s health and safety record – and public reputation – at risk?

Did you know that the quality of fake passports, ID cards and Biometric cards in circulation is on the increase, whilst at the same time becoming more affordable.

an ID checking solution has never been more importantFake IDs can have other, far more dangerous repercussions than a financial hit and a stint in jail. In addition fraudulent documents can help unqualified workers bypass the security system in obtaining Construction Skills Certification Scheme and Construction Plant Certification Scheme cards.

A recent article appeared in construction enquirer only last week where an illegal used fake documentation to obtain a CSCS card.

comply with Home Office guidance with an ID checking system

No diligent contractor wants unsafe workers putting people and buildings at risk. Probably as a result of this the Considerate Constructors scheme now include a question asking how building sites are checking Right to Work documentation. As a result it’s another section of compliance in their audit criteria you need to be aware of.

Have you considered if your insurance policies pay out in the event of an accident, especially if workers are in breach of Right to Work?

So in summary – our ID checking solution uAuthenticate protects your:

  • Finances
  • Reputation
  • Site management and directors
  • workers

Safe, legal building sites are the priority for any responsible employer – uAuthenticate doesn’t just protect you financially and legally, it compliments your best practice in site management as a partner to your CSR and health and safety.

Contact us today to trial uAuthenticate for two obligations – for free and with no obligation. Most of all why not find out how to create a foolproof ID checking solution for your company.

uComply is pleased to be a part of TEAM

uComply is delighted to be a part of TEAM as a service provideruComply is pleased to be a part of TEAM.

 

Kim-Marie our MD (with 25 plus years in recruitment) has for a long time been an advocate of helping businesses of all sizes. She believes that the ability to provide compliance to all who supply staff on an even footing to clients is important. Kim-Marie has been struck by the ethos and aims that TEAM provides for its membership. It is important that small to medium sized recruiters have a voice in todays market place as they’re a vital lifeblood for the economy.

Kim-Marie believes uComply’s offering uAuthenticate can bring real value to all members. It provides full Home Office guidance compliance for the Right to Work process. She said “the days of compliance only being affordable for the large companies needs to be addressed. I believe that uAuthenticate is an affordable option whilst at the same time being effective for small companies”. Followed by, “Being a part of TEAM as a service provider is important to us as a company”

The availability of good quality forged documents is on the increase. Consequently the risk of employing a person presenting fakes is also on the increase. Various articles and studies have suggested indicative costs for fake documents. They include 50 for a French ID card, £600 for a Biometric card to £3,000 for a good UK passport.  Whilst the good quality fakes may not attract a penalty they may still involve adverse publicity following an inspection by the UKVI.

Did you know that technology can help streamline your Right to Work Process?

Right to Work in the UK simplified by using technologyWe’ve removed the manual nature of the traditional Right to Work in the UK compliance checking process.

We’ve taken the Home Office guidance and combined this with passport scanners just like the ones used at airports and border control points.

This presents you with an effective use of technology which when followed will give you a statutory excuse.

Wouldn’t you like to know that your Right to Work compliance is as controlled as it can be?

uComply are attending to launch an exciting new product at the upcoming TEAM conference in March this year and we look forward to meeting and greeting you.

Don’t forget that as TEAM members you qualify for a discount, all you need to do is ask.

 

Right to Work in the UK is a simple process – ?

Compliance for Right to Work in the UK

You've set up your company, you're growing and you are employing people. Your systems are bang up to date; you've a new upgraded accountancy package; payroll is rocking and HMRC are happy; you've got an HR system so your references, development needs, education, health and safety are all taken care of. All are big ticks but, what did you do with your Right to Work in the UK process?

Home Office three steps to Right to Work in the UK complianceChances are that you are still photocopying, signing/dating and filing the results in a cabinet.
Perhaps you're scanning those Right to Work documents using a flatbed scanner.
Then after you've checked you upload them to your HR system / folder on your servers. Now provided the documents that you've seen:

  • are real
  • belong to the individual
  • are saved in an un-editable format

Then, you have followed the Home Office Right to Work in the UK guidance and should have a statutory excuse.
Get it wrong and you risk a fine of up to £20,000 per illegal, maybe a prison sentence and the ensuing reputational damage when your name gets published by the UKVI. In reality how confident would you be with a surprise inspection from the UKVI?

fake documents for cashThe availability of good quality forged documents is on the increase. Consequently the risk of employing a person presenting fakes is also on the increase. Various articles and studies have suggested indicative costs for fake documents. They include 50 for a French ID card, £600 for a Biometric card to £3,000 for a good UK passport.
Whilst the good quality fakes may not attract a penalty they may still involve adverse publicity following an inspection by the UKVI.

The future is here to help with your Right to Work compliance

So you've revamped your HR systems, Accounting packages, Client/Candidate Management solutions etc.  Did you know that you could use technology to streamline your Right to Work Process?

Right to Work in the UK simplifiedWe've removed the manual nature of the traditional Right to Work in the UK compliance checking process.

We've taken the Home Office guidance and combined this with passport scanners just like the ones used at airports and border control points.

This presents you with an effective use of technology which when followed will give you a statutory excuse.

Wouldn't you like to know that your Right to Work compliance is as controlled as it can be?

Why not take a look at uAuthenticate and if it looks interesting give us a call on 01707 800840 or send an email to enquires@ucomply.co.uk we'd love to hear from you.

Ensure all who receive treatment are eligble

Doctors and nurses can provide valid treatmentIf someone is suddenly caught ill or has an accident then we should do all we can do to help. If you visit other countries (we’ve all heard the stories where wallets are examined before treatment is applied) typical questions before treatment is given are:

  • Do you have insurance?
  • What’s your health policy number?
  • Have you got an EHIC card?
  • Can you afford to pay – do you have any credit cards?

In my view our national institution the NHS who provide free treatment for all regardless of their circumstances should not be abused.

So what is happening?

The governmentFollow the guidance in the Immigration Act as a part of the Immigration ACT in 2014 introduced guidance around implementing overseas visitor hospital charging, technically a framework for the NHS to charge for treatment in the UK. There is some confusion as to how charges will be applied.

A summary extract from the guidance document begins to detail how charges are meant to be levied. “A relevant NHS body must only make and recover charges when it determines that the patient is not entitled to free NHS hospital care. The obligation to undertake reasonable enquiries is an important part of the duty to make and recover charges from overseas visitors, and:

  • ensures that patients who are not ordinarily resident in the UK are identified
  • assesses liability for charges in accordance with the Charging Regulations
  • charges those liable to pay in accordance with the Charging Regulations
  • recovers payment from those liable to pay”

Immigration Minister Mark Harper said “The Immigration Bill will stop migrants abusing public services to which they are not entitled, reduce the pull factors which draw illegal immigrants to the UK and make it easier to remove people who should not be here”.

These things take time to evolve but recently the press has had a field day drawing attention to health tourists. Yet another administrative burden, or is it a way of protecting the NHS?

I personally am convinced that these controls are vital and managed by support staff not the nurses and doctors. Our health professionals should be focussing on treatment not the checking the patients residency status. What do you think?

Validate proof of ID with technology

Happily our solution uAuthenticate  simplifies the process and at the same time protects your own workforce.

 

Thanks for reading

Stefan