GBG, the global specialist in identity data intelligence, enhanced its GBG KnowYourPeople employee screening solution, with ‘Right to Work’ management functionality.

GBG KnowYourPeople is a trusted online solution for HR managers to carry out background checks, including criminal record, driving licence, financial background and now Right to Work, on all candidates through just one portal.

The news came as pressure mounts for HR teams, with government figures showing Right to Work civil penalties totalled £27.5 million between January and September 2017. With businesses facing fines of up to £20,000 for each worker without the right to work in the UK, it has never been more vital to ensure workers are who they say they are. Plus, the new implications occurring with Brexit add to the situation.

The GBG KnowYourPeople technology works by helping organisations manage candidate identity checks consistently across their organisation, in one place. It removes the time-consuming process of cross-referencing multiple role specific checks, by connecting to UK datasets from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), and the broad range of datasets that enable GBG’s identity verification capability.

Relevant checks can also be automated to ensure staff are re-screened on a regular basis depending on their job. Emailed prompts are provided to remind organisations to make follow-up checks of renewed documentation that enables a worker’s ongoing Right to Work status.

The solution is designed to give HR Managers in all sectors the confidence that checks are carried out by hiring managers consistently across their organisation in an accurate, reliable and compliant way, with much greater efficiency and confidence than before.

Alister Humphreys, General Manager – Employ and Comply at GBG, says: “Businesses are finding more and more that traditional methods of monitoring and managing employee screening, such as using manual spreadsheets, are inefficient and prone to human error. Right to Work checks on new recruits are a legal requirement, and failure to do this correctly not only poses risks of fines, but also organisation reputational damage and potential disruption.

The introduction of ‘Right to Work’ checks to GBG’s KnowYourPeople software solution is a response to demand from organisations that realise the importance of getting these checks right and getting the candidate in post faster. With the growing demands that HR professionals constantly face, we’re proud to offer a solution that means they can instead focus on what they do best.”