Right To Work Changes and What this Means for Candidate Screening

Conducting the necessary background checks to ensure candidates’ right to work is imperative to all organisations, of any size or background and not getting this right can have catastrophic business implications. Like every other business process, the need to adapt to a virtual screening methodology has meant that any broken or inefficient processes were going to be highlighted, for all the wrong reasons.

Nearly £10.6m issued in fines to businesses employing illegal workers from July to September 2019″. Source – Home Office*

In a recent interview IHR’s Natasha Preocanin sat down, virtually, with James Waby of Access Group to discuss some of the temporary legislations that have come into force for screening candidates virtually, as well as some of the upcoming trends employers need to know.

The shift for companies to move to a technology-based way of working has been on the horizon for a long time, but recent global changes have meant that many organisations have had to accelerate this adaptation. The government and their right to work laws have also had to change to reflect this which has meant some temporary changes to legislation coming in as well as, for some, frontline companies having fast-tracked DBS checks. A change many employers would rejoice in becoming a permanent fixture I’m sure!

One such company that embraced the move to technology, which James highlights in the video above, is Premier Care, a heavy regulated organisation who went from an archaic, manual screening and onboarding process to a fully integrated, automated process. The results of which have been significant to their business including improvements to their candidate experience, reduction in time to hire by two weeks and time savings equivalent to one admin position.

Take a look at the video above to hear more insights from James on common mistakes made by employers, the challenges in hiring today, how to get stakeholder buy-in, the importance of candidate experience, Brexit updates and much more.

Aside from providing the necessary technology, Access Screening, the leading pre-employment screening software provider, are also seen as a thought leader with a wealth of resource and up-to-date legislative information that employers can use to ensure their applicants are compliant with the latest changes as well as a recent release of their new Right To Work App.

* https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/illegal-working-civil-penalties-anonymous-regional-report


Screening candidates allows employers to verify employee information, conduct the relevant background checks and ensure their right to work. Having the right screening technology in place can save your HR team time and effort.


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