HR Solutions Webinar: “Trust me” – the importance of background checks
All employers have a legal obligation to check the right of all new employees to work in the UK. In addition to this, it is worth considering other pre-employment checks to ensure that you take sensible steps to protect your organisation. There have been numerous examples of high level appointments where candidates had lied about their qualifications and their ability to undertake the roles. The topical BBC drama “Trust Me” features a nurse fraudulently working as a senior doctor in A&E, so might also make us think more carefully about employee background checks.
It’s essential not only to choose the right person in the first place, but then to make the appropriate checks before the new recruit starts, to ensure there are no unwelcome surprises. Checks can range from basic references to criminal records checks, credit checks, verification of qualifications and employment history and DVLA checks. However, it is important to get the right balance – background checks should always reflect the requirements of the job and should only investigate those aspects of the candidate’s past that are relevant.
View our webinar recording to find out practical steps to help you conduct effective pre-employment background checks.