Right to Work image comparison challenges

image comparison of moon shots to highlight some of the challenges with Right to Work image

Which one is the original picture

This is from a set of blogs which I am writing for TEAM which I thought may be worth sharing to a wider audience. The first looks at Right to Work image comparison challenges faced.

We are all individual and see the world with very different viewpoints. Ask different people the same question about an image that they have seen and you are quite likely to get different answers (Almost certainly when you get into details).
One of my hobbies is photography and I thought I’d use one of my pictures to illustrate how our perceptions can differ. Let’s take the photos of the moon above and ask, which photo is the one nearest to reality?

Which one would you choose? Do you care?

First of all, if your job or your companies reputation depended on it then perhaps it would matter…….

Secondly, the answer;

They are all the same photo but one has remained unadulterated and the other two have had varying degrees of contrast/focus elements applied. If you’d really like to know which one is as I took it, please send me a message using our contact form.

What planet are you on I hear you saying? (pun intended) How does this relate to Right to Work?

Please read on.……
Every time you engage/employ someone you run a challenge of not correctly identifying the potential employee and accuracy really does matter.

Facial recognition and the importance of the Right to Work image

Two photos - are they the same

Are the two pictures above the same person or could they be relatives?

Make an error here and suddenly you may be on the wrong side of a £20,000 fine. Whenever I speak about Right to Work checks, as per the Home Office guidance, I rightly focus on fake documents in the main. Based upon research in the field by government officials, “imposters” are beginning to make up a significant proportion of the fines issued for illegal working.  Consequently whilst delivering training around the on-boarding process for Right to Work I specifically drill down into identification techniques.

With reference to the pictures above, they are both of me (about 5 years apart). The left-hand image where I’m not smiling is what is held on the passport chip. (At uComply we use technology to access the RFID chip. As a result the users can see this electronic image, effectively you can compare the invisible versus the visible). The second image is from our company’s website.
The more observant among you may have noticed that the eye colour is different between the images. Should this be a failure? Especially relevant in this case my eyes do change colour based upon the ambient lighting conditions. Issues like this present ideal opportunities to engage with potential candidates/employees and get to know them better. Surprisingly eye colour differences would not necessarily concern me provided a few appropriate questions are answered. Ensure your Right to Work image comparison covers this element and stores any decisions made.
I cover this, and more during a training session, including the essentials of facial recognition. The Right to Work image check is a vital part of the process.

Right to Work and how to ensure you are protected

Simply put, there is a defence against not spotting the ‘obvious fake’ as you are not expected to be document experts, hence a mistake could happen. I defy anyone (who is not visually impaired in some way) to try and defend against an ‘imposter’. (i.e. where the individual employed does not look like the identity documents they provided.) This is a key requirement in the Right to Work process, consequently you open yourselves to a fine of £20,000.

This blog is the first of a series where I look at the whole Right to Work process. As a result by the end of the series you will reduce the risk of receiving a fine. If you’d like to know more sooner, then get in touch.

Finally being that time of year, I’d like to wish you all a prosperous New Year.

Stefan

Stefan.Sosnowski@ucomply.co.uk

01707 800 840

Protect your Pride with effective Right to Work / GDPR controls

Right to Work and GDPR compliance

It’s a jungle out there! It seems like every day there’s a new regulation or legislation being created and it can feel like you are being persecuted. The buzz word at the moment is GDPR and you can be forgiven for thinking, yet another burden for companies and management. Secure data management is something all companies need to take seriously.
GDPR is the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and comes into force in May 2018. uComply specialises in providing Right to Work solutions but, we know that GDPR will directly impact all employers.

Get it wrong and compliance breaches can result in penalties of up to €20million or 4% of worldwide turnover.

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Foolproof ID checking solution for the construction 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.