Employee Screening Regulation
Our Services are designed to protect businesses from financial, reputational and security risk, enabling a balanced, fully informed commercial decision to be made, and ensuring compliance with any regulatory requirements or internal policies.
At Vero we understand the necessary industry standards that apply to Senior Managers, Certified Persons and staff under conduct rules. We’re experts in pre-employment screening – providing regulatory checks for relevant employees, with a complementary suite of services to support your hiring process.
We have 15 years of experience in supporting law firms, accountancy firms, and insurance and financial services clients with background screening, and we can guide you through our range of background check services when you need to screen relevant employees and ensure compliance.
With specialists in compliance, human resources, digital technology and more, our knowledge, expertise and in-house technology will protect you from risk, giving your candidates the best possible experience and ensuring you can have confidence in every appointment you make.
Managing Regulatory or reputational risk through Employee Screening
Employment screening is becoming increasingly essential, despite not always being an official industry requirement. With the developing world of work and the virtual workplace that’s here to stay, screening candidates and employees can help you manage risks to your company’s security and culture.
Due diligence delivers detailed and targeted information on any entity or individual anywhere in the world — and being able to access this critical intelligence empowers organizations to make informed decisions to avoid risk.
We help clients onboard and manage the risks associated with new customers and third parties and ensure that we offer the right level of screening and due diligence solutions based on the risks inherent in the opportunity – from screening against sanctions and government watch lists to assess the reputation through review of public records and local human intelligence and source inquiries.
These solutions enable clients to take a risk-based approach towards a broad range of business needs: from supporting compliance with anti-money laundering (AML), know your customer (KYC), UK Bribery Act regulations, GDPR and overseas regulations to identifying potential risk factors in the early stages of considering new business relationships and investments.
Hiring the right talent, maintaining accountability for those you hire, and managing through the complex regulatory landscape has never been more important. Companies need to comply with a range of regulations, including money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions and counter-terrorism financing laws. They are also coming under increasing pressure to consider the environmental, social and governance implications of their operations.
Our compliance due diligence reporting gives you rapid insights into business integrity and compliance risks, without delay to your operations.
Our multilingual regional teams leverage industry-leading open-source intelligence analytics and a global network of country and industry contacts, providing you with the insights you need to make the right decisions quickly.
Vero Employee Screening & Compliance
Our expert services support your due diligence and help you demonstrate compliance, whilst potentially saving you the cost of a bad hire which can affect your finances, existing employees and business reputation.
Our risk assessment and profiling processes help identify potential issues, risks and gaps in your employee data which we can then work to close. Our due diligence services can help you demonstrate compliance with legislation and best practices, maintain employee data integrity and avoid costly issues with terminating bad hires.
Our tailored services ensure your due diligence process is as efficient as possible, from initial research to the drafting of an offer letter. We can help with the sourcing of candidates, from applying to find a new employee through to the hiring process itself.
Make Vero part of your wider GRC & HR process
Using a background screening services provider that acts as an extension of your HR function is best practice for firms adhering to governance, risk management and compliance framework.
We can work with you to plan your background screening procedures, identify best practice for your firm and support your employees every step of the way through our dedicated Client Services team.
Every background check performed by Vero ensures industry-leading quality assurance, from the initial data input to the final report. We maintain a rigorous process, from data validation and compliance to the reporting and investigative process.
Whether you are looking to conduct a pre-employment background check, conduct a background check on employees, conduct a background check on contractors, or conduct a corporate background check, you can trust Vero to assist you with all of your background screening needs.
Build confidence in your business and hiring processes
Your reputation is your most valuable asset, the failure to spot links to sanctioned third parties or high-risk individuals can be devastating.
Regardless of your organization’s size, strategy, financial backing, or innovative capacity, your employees are among the most valuable assets to your business. Just one bad hire can have a ripple effect throughout an organization. Lost productivity, a negative impact on client relationships and sales, and potential legal issues and fees are just a few of the potential negative outcomes.
Conducting background checks can provide the below benefits to your business:
- Make confident hiring decisions
- Demonstrate duty of care to clients
- Reduce fraud risk
- Avoid sanctions
- Prevent reputation hazards
- Protect your data & systems
- Manage security risk
Vero Screening helps you build a complete picture of your candidates supported by concrete data. When it’s time to extend an offer, you’ll have confidence that you are hiring the right person for the job.
Protect Your Reputation
In a tight regulatory environment where often hefty fines for non-compliance pale beside the potentially devastating effects of reputational damage, don’t underestimate the importance of thorough screening, backed by Enhanced Due Diligence.
Your reputation is your most valuable asset, and accessing detailed, targeted information when it’s needed is the key to keeping that reputation intact.
Pre-hiring background checks are essential in ensuring that you are making the right employment decisions and protecting your business.
The best way to protect your company’s reputation and ensure that you’re hiring the right people is through a pre-employment background check.
Vero offer a variety of options for our customers, from different price points and services available. Our team is dedicated to providing you with peace of mind so that you can focus on your business. You’ll have the information needed to make informed decisions about who will be joining your team.
Who is required to have FCA screening?
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulates over 50,000 organisations. n order to hold a position of responsibility and become an ‘approved person’ at a financial firm, an individual should know and meet the FCA’s regulatory requirements.
As part of this, employees are expected to meet a ‘fit and proper’ test, comply with the Statements of Principle and Code of Practice, as well as report any information which could affect their suitability as part of FCA screening tests.
An individual’s propriety will be judged on their honesty, competence, capability and financial soundness which is assessed through financial checks.
Senior roles, sensitive positions and jobs with contextual vulnerabilities require not only an assessment of experience and technical ability, but also of qualitative attributes and potential reputational risk. It is therefore vital that an employer has access to objective, independent intelligence regarding any high-level applicant.
Under the FCA SMCR ‘Fit & Proper’ rules apply to Senior Managers, Certified Persons and all staff under conduct rules within the following industries:
- Consumer credit firms
- Payments service institutions
- E-money firms
- Insurance companies
- Home finance providers
- Financial investment organisations or advisers
- Co-operative societies
- Sale and rent back firms
- Community benefit societies
- Working men’s clubs
- Retail intermediaries
- Companies who provide regulated organisations with products or services, such as, software providers, call centres, recruitment agencies and building or maintenance firms.
FCA screening is required for anyone who is an ‘approved person’ working in a controlled function role. It is not relevant for all employees working for an FCA regulated organisation (listed above), instead screening is enforced on an individual basis referencing the career role the person intends on taking.
A collection of multiple background checks run in accordance with the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 must be completed. These checks include:
- Financial checks, such as a credit report and analysis of any CCJs or declared bankruptcies
- ID validation
- 5 years’ worth of employment validation and gap analysis
- Highest qualification verification
- DBS check
- FCA register validation search and disciplinary validation
- UK directorship and disqualifications check
The FCA screening/recreening process ensures that only those who are qualified for a role and meet “fit and proper” criteria will be employed or continue to be employed by your organisation. This ensures your company is only accountable for its actions and not the actions of someone else.
Rescreening is the process of screening current employees after a period of employment, compared to the traditional background screening of potential employees pre-hire. This best practice is now an FCA requirement across multiple industries.
The need for rescreening and the frequency it is undertaken will vary. Typical instances of when employers may rescreen employees are:
- Annually – For regulated positions. In particular, if the role is Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulated and falls under the Senior Managers Regime (SMR) then annual rescreening is required to demonstrate that employees are fit for their role.
- Periodically – For companies who rescreen, this is often processed in cycles. For example, employees may be screened once every three years, meaning that within a three year cycle all employees are rescreened. This has the added benefit of spreading the cost of rescreening over three financial years.
- Before a move to a higher-risk position – Moving to a managerial role, perhaps with control over budget, may require a rescreen, particularly if the initial screen was for an entry level role. This could also apply if a role is given new responsibilities which make the job higher risk.
- When moving internationally within your company – Unless you have a global screening policy in place, it is likely that candidates will be screened to different standards in different locations.
- Following a merger/acquisition – If a company is bought out by another, it is possible that the background screening may have not been to the same standard, and candidates may need to be rescreened.
Vero offers a range of FCA screening services, from high-risk to low-risk applicants, we have the perfect solution for your needs. We can provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation. Our innovative technology will give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your employees are vetted and safe.
When you are hiring anyone, you plan to trust them with private information. That trust is elevated when working remotely. The very same technology that makes remote work possible also gives new hires access to proprietary client and company information. Just because you work from the comfort of your own home does not mean you should forget the security precautions of the office.
The responsibility is on the hiring manager to protect the company from anyone who could pose a threat. Therefore, criminal convictions, motor vehicle records, education history, and employment history all need background screening before you can finish the hiring process.
Hiring remote employees does not have to be hard. Vero has systems in place to make employment background checks for remote workers easy.
Vero can research everything from employment background, to social security number trace, and even drug tests. We update you in real-time following each background screening report.
We pair you with professional background screeners. Vero integrates with your company and becomes an extension of your HR team during the background check process. Vero Screening gets you better, faster results, and always keeps a direct line of communication open.
As international job candidates become more common and hiring across international frontiers the norm, international background checks enable employers to make more informed hiring decisions.
Since there’s no global database that allows employers to review information for applicants all in one place, international background checks ensure records are checked in each country where the applicant has lived.
International background checks help your business:
- Make informed decisions based on reliable results from global databases and sources.
- Ensure your candidate’s employment history is accurate.
- Confirm your candidate has the skills and experience required
- Reduce the risk of a bad hire
- Ensure a consistent, globally compliant approach to background screening processes
What’s included in an international background check is entirely up to you. We can create bespoke packages to meet your specific needs. That said, the following information is usually included in international checks, where available:
- Criminal record checks
- Education verifications
- Employment and professional references
- Credit (financial integrity) checksHandling UK Data Overseas staff will be subject to GDPR UK, DPA, SMCR as well as their own Data Protection and information privacy legislation.
Legal Compliance & Global Regulations
Each country has varying laws about the type of criminal records that are available and who is allowed to access them. Each country also has its own discrimination laws that govern how an employer may use the information within a criminal record.
Let Vero help Navigate Local Laws & Requirements
In the current era of globalised workforces, it’s more important than ever for organisations to protect themselves, their brand reputation and their employees by ensuring they have a well thought out and consistent global screening policy.
We can help you identify the legal, social and cultural screening requirements and prohibitions and considerations in each of the countries you intend to hire in. For each country where workers have personal, work and education history, we’ll help you find out if there are existing regulations concerning background screening. It’s important to be aware that failure to meet country-specific regulations could result in your business being non-compliant in that country, or leave you open to claims your background screening process is discriminatory.
Unmatched Local/International knowledge
Screening applicants from different backgrounds and in different countries requires that HR deal with prospective employees from a multitude of cultures and nationalities, all with their own expectations and regulations.
From an international perspective, the process of screening applicants from different nationalities can be more difficult than from a local perspective. Not every country has the same hiring regulations and requirements, meaning that the process of screening applicants from different nationalities can be more complicated.
- Navigate Local Laws & Requirements
- Right To Work
- Data Protection/GDPR
- Handling UK Data (FCA/SMCR)
- Anti Money Laundering
Our international background screening and pre-employment checks have been developed to span the globe. Vero can help wherever your recruitment and talent acquisition takes you.
Compliance & Legally Allowed Checks
Employers are legally allowed to run background checks on potential hires provided they comply with applicable law. Employers don’t have free rein; there are a number of complex, ever-changing regulations surrounding the collection, use, and disposal of personal information obtained during employment screening that vary from country to country. Compliance with these regulations is critical.
We understand the importance of conducting background checks in a compliant manner, and we are here to help! Vero offers a number of services to help you comply with these regulations, including consultations, document reviews and compliance assessments.
We can help you avoid costly fines or lawsuits by providing a full suite of services, and avoid costly fines or even worse, legal action. We’ll tell you exactly what the rules are and how to keep your business safe and sound.
GDPR & Global Data Protection Laws
Are you looking for a way to make sure your company is fully compliant with the local data protection laws?
It’s important o know the local data protection laws of the country where you’re hiring and conducting your international background screening. As an organisation which processes large volumes of personal data, we take our responsibility to protect the personal data seriously.
Any personal data you provide to us will only be used solely for your employment screening exercise. We employ strict technical and organisational measures to safeguard the secure collection, processing, use and storage of your personal data and our employment screening services are conducted in a manner which is compliant with the principles set down in Article 5 of the GDPR.
- Lawfulness, fairness and transparency
- Purpose limitation
- Data minimisation
- Storage limitation
- Integrity and confidentiality
- Security standards
Whether you’re just starting out or looking for an expansion opportunity, Vero likewise aligns with international privacy legislation beyond GDPR including APPS, POPIA, CCPA and many more. We have a team of experts who can help you navigate the complex international privacy laws that are in place today and you can feel confident knowing that we have your organisation’s best interests at heart.
ISO 27001 Information Security Compliance
Vero is ISO 27001:2013 certified. This is a testament as a supplier to our commitment to keeping your data safe.
Information security is crucial to our organisation – allowing the safe transfer of data to and from the various data providers we work with and protecting the information we hold.
For Vero, information security performs three important roles. It protects our ability to function, enables safe operations on the data stored in our systems and protects the data we collect and process.
“Information security and data protection remain at the heart of everything we do and at the forefront of all of our minds. We will be constantly evolving, improving and auditing our systems in order to provide the best possible service to our customers.” – Georgina Wilson.
Vero’s approach to information security covers a raft of technical, organisational and operational controls. We prioritise the integrity and confidentiality of your data and your candidates’ data at all times, using a formal Information Security Management System (ISMS) which is fully compliant with the internationally recognised standard ISO27001.
Integrate Vero Screening with your ISO 27001 ISMS
The objective of ISO 27001 Annex A.7 (Human Resource Security) is to ensure that employees and contractors understand their responsibilities and are suitable for the roles for which they are considered. It also covers what happens when those people leave or change roles.
It’s an important part of your organisations information security management system (ISMS) you are attempting to achieve or maintain ISO 27001 certification,
Vero Screening’s processes are fully compliant with Annex A. 7 – Human Resource Security.
- A.7.1.1 Screening
- A.7.1.2 Terms & Conditions of Employment
- A.7.2.1 Management responsibilities
- A.7.2.2 Information Security Awareness, Education & Training
- A.7.3.1 Termination or change of employment responsibilities
This not only helps reduce the burden on your HR team but also supports your ISO 27lead implementer and CISO.
What does the VERO screening process involve?
Standard UK Screening Checks
- DBS – Disclosure and Barring Service
- UK Electoral Roll Check
- UK Credit Check
- International Financial Integrity Check
- UK Directorship Check
- ID Document Check
- Compliance Database Check
- Adverse Media Searches
- DVLA Check
- International Directorship Search
- Regulatory Body Checks
- UK and International Criminal Record Checks
- Employment History and References (HR or equivalent)
- Gap Analysis and Resolution
- Education Verification
- Professional Qualifications and Memberships
- CV Comparison
Types of International Screening Checks
- International Criminal Record Checks.
- Global Financial Integrity and Credit Checks.
- Local Employment History References & CV Verification.
- In-country Education / Professional Qualification Checks.
- Global Compliance and Sanctions Checks.
- Global Media Searches.
- Electronic ID Document Checks.
- International Directorship Checks.
- Local Language Screening Questionnaires
All this means you can confidently:
- Decide candidate suitability.
- Remove bias from your hiring decisions.
- Protect your employees and brand.
- Avoid costs associated with bad hires.
Regulatory Body Checks
Our SMCR Screening Services include:
- Financial integrity (credit) checks.
- Financial services register checks.
- ID document checks.
- SMCR regulated employment references – 6 years.
- Professional qualifications checks.
- UK criminal record checks.
- Directorship searches.
- Compliance database checks.
- Adverse media searches.
- Gap analysis.
- Highest education.
Social Media Screening
Historically, and understandably, employers have been wary of undertaking social media searches. How to adopt a consistent, comprehensive and unbiased approach? How not to stray too far into the personal information of their employees? How to avoid viewing information about protected characteristics, or else risk exposing themselves to accusations of discrimination? But with new artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, the landscape of social media searches has changed.
Through our social media screening partnership with our chosen provider, Neotas, we screen employees in order to give your business:
- Zero false positives.
- Protected characteristics are kept confidential.
- Business relevant results only.
- Flexible risk categories.
- Undisclosed social media handles identified.
- Fast, efficient and affordable solution.
- No more ‘last to know’ scenarios.
- Global, multi-lingual solution.
- Advanced technology.
- GDPR and privacy compliance.
Why outsource background screening to VERO?
You can rely on us to complete your pre-employment screening checks and reference checks quickly, efficiently, and according to all professional and regulatory standards.
The extensive network of in-country background screening experts we have will be able to assist you if your company is looking for new international employees or if your company has prospective employees who have lived or worked abroad.
At the same time, our specialists will ensure that the full screening, pre-employment vetting, recruitment and onboarding process adheres to the local data protection laws and respects cultural norms.
Using our proprietary technology, we will help you integrate candidate background screening into your broader recruitment/hiring process.