Category: Background check

Digital identity checking

IDVT and the digital identity future

In December 2021 the UK government announced its intention to make digital identity-checking available for employers and landlords. This means that employers of all sizes and landlords, whether they be large housing associations or private individuals with just a single property can use a registered IDentity Service Provider (IDSP) to run their background checks. The…
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Executive background checks

Executive background checks – why bother?

If you are thinking of appointing a new executive for your company then you need to make sure that there’s nothing in their background that is going to cause reputational damage or may make their appointment invalid. Appointing a director should be an exciting and valuable point for any business but if you get it…
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Does the FCA do background checks?

Does the FCA do background checks?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requires that people in positions of authority and trust within the financial services sector in the UK are honest and trustworthy. As part of this, they mandate that individuals’ background is checked, including their criminal record and experience and this forms part of their ‘approved persons’ regime. To be clear,…
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What is BPSS?

What is BPSS? – the employers’ guide to BPSS screening

BPSS is the standard background check required for government employees and contractors in the UK. It includes a variety of elements such as criminal records and identity checks and is a minimum requirement for working in and with the public sector. If you work with the public sector in secure environments then you’ll need to…
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Employee background checks for HR managers

Employee background checks for HR managers – a quick guide

Employee background checks can form an important part of the recruitment process but if you’ve never done them before you may be wondering what’s involved. In this post, we’re giving you a quick overview of what is included and what you need to do as an HR manager to make your background checking efficient and…
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Does your company need to do background checks?

Does your company really need an employee background check?

A background check can form an important part of your recruitment process and can help reduce the risks that your company faces. If your company doesn’t carry out pre-employment screening then there is a really important question you need to ask; What do you really know about your new employees when they join? With the…
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What is an FCA check?

What is an FCA check?

Financial services companies that are regulated by the FCA have to abide by the rules set by the regulator and one of these is the Fitness and Propriety check. This is a check into the background of senior managers and directors that ensure that consumer’s money is kept as safe as possible. People that are…
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Working at a desk during covid

How COVID has changed recruitment and background checks

COVID has been a difficult time for most companies and here at Checkback, we’re no exception. As well as coping with the closing of our offices and move to remote working we have also had some significant shifts in recruitment activity and vetting with our many customers. In this post, we wanted to give you…
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social media checks

Is doing a social media check on employees a good idea?

It seems like Social Media is everywhere at the moment and it is a rare employer indeed who hasn’t wondered whether they should be doing social media checks as part of their pre employment screening on their new employees but is this a good idea? In this post, we’re looking at the whole issue of…
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An adverse SMCR Screening? What should you do?

What should we do with SMCR adverse screenings?

When performing and FCA check the majority of pre-employment screenings come back absolutely fine but if you are an FCA regulated firm and one of your candidates for an SMCR controlled post has an adverse finding then what do you do? The FCA has produced guidance for managers and employers regarding this issue and so…
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