uComply are an innovation finalist for their Right to Work Solution uAuthenticate Mobile

uComply innovation finalist for our Right to Work Solution uAuthenticate MobileOur Right to Work Solution uAuthenticate Mobile is in the spotlight again and received strong praise for its innovative design and ease of use.

It is always good to hear a third party’s view on how well we stack up in the real world.

So how did it all come about?

It all started with one of our clients recommending that we enter for the CSSA hosted award for innovation. This we duly completed and a month later we were notified that our submission had passed.

We were (as 1 of 26 successful submissions from the first round) invited to a dragon’s den panel of cleaning industry professionals to grill us extensively. We demonstrated our Right to Work Solution and answered many questions, including:

  • How our Right to Work Solution is innovative.
  • Overview of the technology we use
  • What the Home Office guidance is and how it is addressed in our solution

As a result of the HOW we were 1 of 6 finalists and invited to a great event at The Brewery in Chiswell Street. Many of the cleaning members were present and got a chance to look first hand at our Right to Work solution uAuthenticate Mobile and, additionally, at uAuthenticate Pro.

Getting invites to events on merit and not a sponsorship fee is unusual in today’s age. Congratulations to the CSSA for taking such a bold step and organising a great day.

Why have I gone through the details above for our Right to Work Solution and Technology?

As a technology led firm, we are always innovating and look to constantly receive feedback. From either our clients or prospects we always try and incorporating ideas to enhancing our solutions. However, one of the biggest challenges we face is the one of education. Although Identity document checking systems have been around for a few years not many people know about them.

In 2012 uAuthenticate Pro (our personal computer version) a true Right to Work Solution, was introduced. For the first time combining document checking whilst fully incorporating the Home Office guidance.

Technology moves on and last year we introduced uAuthenticate Mobile which uses smart phones to check the documents whilst fully incorporating the Home Office guidance. Thereby bringing the benefits of the Right to Work process to your fingertips and being available when and where you want it.

Call us to find out more.

uComply showing their Right to Work process at the Dementia Care and Nursing home Expo

The countdown for the show in April is well underway. We are pleased to be exhibiting on Stand 13042 where we will be demonstrating our Right to Work process for you. We also can explain how we help with your GDPR compliance.

In addition, with my presenters hat on I will be speaking at the Expo to share my views on this years hot topic.

The Right to Work process and GDPR are they linked and whats the risk?

Future proof your Right to Work process

A simple two minute demonstration will change your compliance Right to Work process for ever. The collaboration between our technology and your staff ensures your Right to Work process gives a Statutory Excuse. Also, utilising our unique signature capture, uAuthenticate mobile supports your GDPR compliance.

The best part about our Right to Work process App uAuthenticate mobile is it:

  • works where you work - no more going back to the office all the time.
  • uses your own mobile phones - no additional hardware.
  • has the Home Office guidance built in - reduce the need for training.
  • ensures that the risk of missing a step in on-boarding during your Right to Work process is all but eliminated. Essentially all your staff are taken through a wizard and follow the same uniform process.
  • presents you with a fully compliant process at an affordable price.
  • stores your data securely in a centralised cloud database (with worker permission) - a vital GDPR compliance step is achieved.

In summary, we are sure that you can benefit from our technology in your Right to Work process.

Despite this we understand that technology is not for everyone so, why not ask us about our Right to Work training?

We look forward to welcoming you on Stand 13042. Click on the link below and claim you free tickets. Or alternatively fill out our contact form.

Right to Work at the Carehome and Dementia Expo

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. Do you have an ID checking solution that will 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.