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November 14, 2019
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Proposals for ‘compulsory’ references from former employers put forward

The UK’s Business Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, has put forward proposals that could make it illegal for businesses to withhold references for former employees.

The proposals are a bid to stop businesses using ‘nasty tactics’ and protect individuals who have faced harassment or discrimination.

As reported in People Management magazine, Leadsom said the proposals would “ensure individuals are protected, striking a fair balance between the interests of employers and workers”.

Adding, “we cannot tolerate the small minority [of employers] that use nasty tactics like non-disclosure agreements and withholding references to pressure employees into silence, often in cases of serious wrongdoing.”

If agreed, it would mean that for the first time ever, employers would be obliged to provide at least a basic reference for any former employee.

Demand for employment references continues to soar, as more organisations see the benefits of verifying their candidates’ employment history.

Hand in hand, employers continue to seek solutions to automate mundane tasks such as the issuing of reference letters to other employers or lenders.

“Systems like WorkPass which handle employment and income verification requests on behalf of employers, eliminate the need for HR teams to issue them directly. WorkPass also add a level of GDPR compliance that manual processes cannot rival.”

WorkPass is a free service that Verifile offers to our clients.

If you’d like to talk to us about how WorkPass can free up your HR team’s time, contact your account manager or our sales team at +44 (0) 1234 60 80 90.

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British Standard 7858 has had a 2019 makeover to include guidance on social media screening

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has issued changes to the BS7858 which sets out requirements for companies carrying out background screening for employees in a secure environment.

BS7858:2019 came into effect at the end of September and replaced BS7858:2012, which will be withdrawn on 31 March 2020.

Amongst the updates to the new standard are recommendations around the use of social media screening. BSI are increasingly aware that what employees post on social media may create problems for businesses operating in secure and regulated environments.

The BSI now say: “For some roles, it might be prudent to seek additional information using best practice social media and other open-source internet checks to provide greater insights and reduce risk.”

In the update they also add a warning in the foreword about who should be carrying out the screening:

“…while social media and other open-source internet checks are now mentioned, they are not a provision of the standard and can only be used as additional information in any employment decisions. Care is to be taken when using this method so as not to introduce any unlawful discrimination…”.

Verifile’s Founder and CEO, Eyal Ben Cohen, said: “While social media checks have only been introduced as a recommendation, it does indicate that BSI’s guidance on the use of social media and open-source internet checks will soon become common practice.”

Other changes worth pointing out include:

To discuss social media, open internet screening, fraud and identity checks, plus all the other checks that are needed for compliance with BS7858, contact your account manager or client services on +44 (0) 1234 339 350 or via service@verifile.co.uk.

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Verifile are listed in The API top 300

Verifile’s API has been included in API World’s first API 300, a showcase of the top innovations in the API industry over the past year.

API World selected the companies through an interview and evaluation process based on several factors, including data from the companies and industry research.

The API 300 list focuses on API technologies including API infrastructure, API management, and API analytics. We launched the Verifile Global API in late 2017 and now circa 30% of Verifile’s orders come through our API.

It offers access to over 650 different background checks worldwide and the option to set up packages for easier deployment.

An API integration between your system such as an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) can avoid the need for your team members to log into the Verifile system in addition to your ATS, eliminating manual tasks, speeding up processing times and avoiding errors associated with manual data entry.

Currently, TribePad, Harbour, Workday, and eArcu have integrated with our API. Many other clients using other systems have also integrated using our global API – any client can take advantage of these capabilities.

To find out more about Verifile’s API offering, please head to the dedicated API section of our website.

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