How to avoid being ‘named and shamed’ by the government

How to avoid being ‘named and shamed’ by the government

No company likes bad press. Building a brand with a noble reputation takes time, good on-going strategy, whilst it can cost a considerable amount in advertising spend.

It has been reported that from February 2012 the UK Boarder Agency will be naming any employer caught employing workers without the proper paperwork and right to work within the UK. As the current fine, per worker, for any illegal employee found is £10,000, the fines can be hard enough for any company in this tough economic climate. Any negative press associated with a brand could damage sales, the impact financially of which could be considerably more.

Statements issued by the agency will be quite specific, leaving nowhere for those who don’t comply to hide. Specified within these ‘name and shame’ communications, accessible to all, will be a breakdown showing the number or illegal workers found in operation in any one employer. Also the agency will state the amount the offending company has been fined, whilst showing a breakdown by geographical location.

Should that not be damaging enough potentially for your brand, the agency also plan to publish names of those who are tardy in paying their fines, giving a company a grace of just 28 days to pay post appeal.

There is only one sensible operating strategy to save your company from the possibility of these issues, which is to check thoroughly those you employ. Manual processes can be costly, time consuming, which can’t guarantee that your teams won’t be duped by falsified documentation. A solution such as Safe Screening can automate a number of checks against key databases and provide a full audit trail to defend your company against any fines or brand devaluing press. See www.safescreening.co.uk, email info@safecomputing.co.uk, or call 0844 583 2134 to find out more.

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