It can be hard for a business to bring in new workers. The trusted insider poses a unique threat to any organisation – not only can the insider do you considerable harm but, for your business to function, you have to be able to trust your employees and let them get on with their job.
If this wasnt bad enough there are also risks to you, and your organisation, driven by Government legislation – in the UK you face a fine of £10,000 or 2 years in jail per worker if you hire illegal migrants – and the reputational harm that can arise from hiring the wrong person.
One of the more effective ways you can manage this risk, is to have a well thought out pre-employment screening program. To assist with this, we have put together a slidedeck covering the key points you should be looking at:
As with all security risks, it is impossible to completely eliminate the threat, but if you have a well planned (and properly documented) recruitment process that covers this screening, you are able to use a statutory defence (in the UK at least) against any fine or penalty from the UK Border Agency. This alone makes it well worth the effort for any employees you hire.
There are additional hidden pitfalls – such a making sure you screen all employees rather than ones you believe more likely to be illegal migrants based on ethnicity, and making sure you repeat document checks on a regular basis to ensure work permits havent expired – so this is an area you should devote a lot of effort to make sure you get it right.
If you want more help and advice in putting together a HR / Pre-employment screening process then please get in touch.