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19th Annual Employing and Vetting Non-UK National Employees Conference

Danubius Hotel Regents Park , 18 Lodge Road, St. John's Wood, London NW8 7JT

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED - NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE

Now in its 19th successful year, the conference aims to provide delegates with the latest updates, developments and strategies in vetting non-UK nationals, with expert speakers addressing the complex legal and practical challenges facing UK employers.

Do you employ non-EU workers? Are your team complaint in carrying out Right to Work checks? Are you familiar with immigration regulations and the Points Based System? Are you risking your Highly Trusted Sponsor Status or looking to be approved?

Since July 2016, the scope for prosecution and the maximum penalty for employing a worker illegally has been widened. Home office statistics reveal that in just 3 months, illegal working penalties in the UK reached almost £12 000 000 because employers had not made compliance checks.

High levels of skills shortages and a shrinking UK workforce continue to drive the necessity to recruit from outside the UK, however with growing legal complexity and Brexit uncertainty, the pressure to find the right person for the job is mounting.

To remain competitive, It is essential every organisation to have watertight hiring policies in place, a strong understanding of Home Office regulations and the expertise to recruit non-EU candidates quickly, effectively and legally.

Why attend this crucial conference?

  • Strengthen your interpretation of immigration trends and statistics and deepen your understanding of the challenges which currently face UK employers
  • Hear the latest legal updates and changes to staff immigration routes, and grasp the effects of Brexit on EU workers and non-EEA nationals
  • Ensure you are aware of the financial and reputational risks of getting it wrong when vetting non-UK candidates and know how to mitgate these
  • Future proof your compliance systems and processes with a firm understanding of how to meet Home Office expectations and requirements
  • Share best practice and learn from fellow practitioners with real-life case studies and examples of how to overcome some of the challenges of vetting non-UK nationals.
  • Test your ability to recognise fraudulent documents and know what to do if you suspect fraud in a hands-on document verification masterclass

Recent delegate feedback

"Very Engaging" - Aldi

"Really informative" - Save the Children

"The document verification masterclass was very enjoyable" - Corps Security

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR, Recruitment, Resourcing, Vetting & Screening, Legal, Compliance, Global Mobility, Policy, Strategy, Immigration, Directors & Managers

Schedule

Coffee & registration

CHAIR'S WELCOME AND OPENING ADDRESS

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: UPDATE FROM THE UKVI

OPENING ADDRESS: THE IMMIGRATION LANDSCAPE POST-BREXIT: PLANNING FOR UNCERTAIN TIMES

  • Challenges facing UK employers: what to plan for?
  • Trends and statistics: how do you interpret them?
  • Understanding the options for non-UK National employees
  • What information is needed from applicants?
  • What future developments must you be aware of?

LEGAL UPDATES AND CHANGES

  • Brexit and the EU worker: rules, implications and logistics
  • Visa and immigration update
  • Summary of immigration routes for staff coming into the UK Explanation of Tier
  • Closure of the Post-Study Work route: what are your options?
  • What are the rules for business visitors?
  • The Tier 2 route including: certificates of sponsorship, the resident labour market test, skill level, salary, English language and maintenance
  • Workers under tier 4 licence
  • Casual workers: document checking
  • General changes and exemptions
  • Period of stay, extension and change to circumstances
  • Sponsor duties including preventing illegal working, record keeping and reporting
  • Suspension, downgrade and revocation of licence
  • TUPE and Acquisition; managing right to work permissions and ensuring contracts are correct

Coffee break

QUANTIFYING AND MITIGATING NON-UK VETTING RISKS: THE PRACTICALITIES

  • Challenges in non-UK vetting
  • GDPR risks and consequences
  • Quantifying the financial and reputational consequences on getting it wrong: recent cases and lessons learned
  • New offences: are you protected?
    • Section 24B Immigration Act 1971
    • Section 21 Immigration Asylum & Nationality Act 2006
  • Understanding the civil penalty scheme
  • Quantifying the potential impact on sponsorship

COMPLIANCE: POLICY AND PRACTICALITIES

  • Policy Update
  • Tier 2 Sponsorship - Five key areas of compliance
  • Audit trends
  • How to survive a UKVI audit

Lunch

POST-BREXIT RECRUITMENT

  • What are the latest labour market trends: understanding the drivers for international mobility
  • Current and future skills shortages
  • Recruiting workers from overseas: harnessing the contribution of recruitment professionals
  • Latest trends in the vetting of overseas workers
  • Immigration policy: a recruitment industry perspective
  • How can employers evaluate skills and competencies of overseas workers?

CASE STUDY: FROM CHAOS TO COMPLIANCE

  • Simon Weston's insider insights from being both sides of the curtain: UKVI inspector to Head of Immigration Compliance
  • Shaking things up: auditing your own current policies and processes and devising a plan
  • Raising the profile of Non-UK immigration internally
  • Getting buy-in and galvanising a cross-organisational team approach
  • Imparting our learning from our UKVI audit

Afternoon tea

JOINT CASE STUDY: NON-UK VETTING: ITS ROLE IN YOUR RECRUITMENT PROCESS

MASTERCLASS: DOCUMENT VERIFICATION AND VETTING FOR NON-UK NATIONAL EMPLOYEES: AN ESSENTIAL CHECKLIST

This is an interactive session where delegates are able to bring along specific questions relevant to their organisation.

Part 1-

  • What checks can/should an employee undertake?
  • The difference between verification and vetting
  • Criminal records check: when are these appropriate?
  • Recognising fraudulent documents, passports and ID checks
  • Scenarios: what to do if you suspect document fraud?
  • Checking identifying documents
  • Do you know what to look for

Part 2 - VETTING NON-UK NATIONALS CONSIDERATIONS: A SUMMARY

  • Verify Identity - paper approach V database approach
  • Verification of the RTW in the UK
  • Confirmation of Qualifications
  • Confirmation of Employment History
  • Criminal Records – Absence of – verification
  • Legislation
  • Media Screening
  • In-House screening or third party contractor – considerations inc audit
  • Decision maker
  • Appeals process

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