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23rd Annual Employee Vetting & Screening Conference for Employers

Novotel London West , Hammersmith, London W6 8DR

For two decades BFI has been running the UK's only dedicated pre-employment vetting and screening conference that offers crucial case studies, policy and legal updates as well as excellent networking opportunities. A vital annual update for employers, this conference will provide delegates with the very latest strategies, tools and techniques.

Registration fee: £395 plus VAT per delegate

 

The conference will address the following key issues and concerns for employers:

  • Can your recruitment team vet candidates successfully?
  • Are you up-to-date with employment law?
  • Can you carry out ongoing checks on employees?
  • What are your legal obligations to clients?
  • Are all candidates vetted to the same level?
  • Can your team recognise fraudulent documents?

The need for an effective employee vetting and screening policy and process for UK organisations has never been more vital. By ensuring your policy is watertight you can help avoid expensive mistakes. Weaknesses in your employee vetting procedure can leave your organisation open to bad hires, as well as an extensive risk of fraud, theft and data breaches. Also, a failure to vet within the legal limits set out in discrimination and data protection legislation can also lead to costly litigation and reputational damage.

Feedback from recent vetting events:

“Thank you for a professional, informative event” – British Airways

“It covered a lot of different vetting aspects. It was well-described in the agenda and I learnt a lot overall”- Michael Page International

“Very knowledgeable and helpful” – Ofgem

“Excellent, I learnt loads. Thank you”- CGG VERITAS

“Good day. Lots of information. Good handouts” – Oxfordshire County Council

“A very helpful and informative day seeing other experiences” – Alstom

“Very well organised and structured” – Visa Europe

Which functions will benefit from attending

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

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Schedule

Coffee and registration

Chair's welcome and opening remarks

Keith Rosser

Keith Rosser

Director of Screening
Reed

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Keith Rosser

Director of Screening , Reed

Keith founded and leads one of the largest pre-employment vetting businesses in the UK, Reed Screening, part of the family-owned recruitment company of the same name. Keith also sits on the board of two industry trade associations and chairs a Metropolitan Police founded Charity, SAFERjobs, an organisation protecting and advising over 2m job seekers. SAFERjobs were endorsed in the UK's first Labour Market Strategy commissioned by No 10 and published in May 2018. Keith was recently appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Panel for UK Government on the Matthew Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices and advises UK GOV on labour market strategy. Keith was also on the Equality in Recruitment committee headed by then UK Prime Minister David Cameron, and advised on Ban the Box for UK Government led by then Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove. Keith is a Committee Member of ECHO, which is a Home Office body advising on current and future legislation around right to work. Keith is a Non Executive Board Member at Glasgow Clyde College and a Trustee of a grant-making charity which has awarded over £15m in grants. Keith has an MBA from Aston Business School and is currently completing his PhD in Business Enterprise. He was awarded a Home Office Commendation Award for services to recruitment in 2016 and was recognised by the Queen for services to tackling labour market abuse in 2018.

OPENING ADDRESS: SETTING OUT THE BUSINESS RISK - PRE-EMPLOYMENT VETTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Keith Rosser

Keith Rosser

Director of Screening
Reed

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Keith Rosser

Director of Screening , Reed

Keith founded and leads one of the largest pre-employment vetting businesses in the UK, Reed Screening, part of the family-owned recruitment company of the same name. Keith also sits on the board of two industry trade associations and chairs a Metropolitan Police founded Charity, SAFERjobs, an organisation protecting and advising over 2m job seekers. SAFERjobs were endorsed in the UK's first Labour Market Strategy commissioned by No 10 and published in May 2018. Keith was recently appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Panel for UK Government on the Matthew Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices and advises UK GOV on labour market strategy. Keith was also on the Equality in Recruitment committee headed by then UK Prime Minister David Cameron, and advised on Ban the Box for UK Government led by then Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove. Keith is a Committee Member of ECHO, which is a Home Office body advising on current and future legislation around right to work. Keith is a Non Executive Board Member at Glasgow Clyde College and a Trustee of a grant-making charity which has awarded over £15m in grants. Keith has an MBA from Aston Business School and is currently completing his PhD in Business Enterprise. He was awarded a Home Office Commendation Award for services to recruitment in 2016 and was recognised by the Queen for services to tackling labour market abuse in 2018.

  • Understanding the insider threat
  • How has the digital age has affected lives, crime and work?
  • How should business respond?

LEGAL SESSION: VETTING & SCREENING; THE LEGAL FRAME WORK

Sophie White

Sophie White

Patner
Eversheds Sutherland

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Sophie White

Patner , Eversheds Sutherland

Sophie is a partner in our Human Resources group. She is a highly experienced employment lawyer, who advises clients on complex transactional and contentious matters across a wide range of sectors including healthcare, technology, media and telecommunications, engineering, real estate, construction, financial services and private equity. Her experience includes: advising on the employment aspects of IPO's, the European restructuring of a US Inc and the closure of UK operations of a European wide manufacturing company. She has written articles on subconscious bias for CIPD online and is the author of chapters on TUPE for Thomson Reuters and Redundancy for Tolleys

  • Ensuring your HR system and policies comply with legislation
  • Hiring practices: avoiding legal pitfalls in your recruitment process
  • How and where to recruit
  • CRB/DBS: matters you should be aware of
  • Credit history
  • Document verification and checks on legal status for employees
  • Employment vetting, employment documents and document retention

EMPLOYING NON-UK NATIONAL EMPLOYEES – A LEGAL UPDATE

Rebecca Bridges

Rebecca Bridges

Senior Associate
Squire Patton Boggs

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Rebecca Bridges

Senior Associate , Squire Patton Boggs

Rebecca is experienced in dealing with complex and time critical immigration matters for both businesses and private individuals. She is trusted by several leading global businesses and is experienced in a variety of sectors, including education, technology, manufacturing, engineering, construction, travel and media. Through the course of her career, Rebecca has accumulated extensive experience advising on a broad range of matters, including licensed sponsor issues and compliance (applications, renewals, suspensions and training); Points Based System visa applications under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur and Investor), Tier 2 (General and ICT), Tier 4 (Students) and Tier 5; sole representative applications; Brexit and EU free movement rights; British citizenship and nationality; right to work (including dismissals and civil penalty fines) and modern slavery statements. Rebecca’s clients and delegates describe her as “approachable”, “responsive, proactive, sympathetic” and able to “make a difficult subject easy to understand”, “her insurmountable knowledge should alone make you feel that you are in good hands; likeable, professional, and enthusiastic, could not ask for more". Rebecca is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association.

Morning coffee and networking

CASE STUDY: RISK MANAGEMENT & ASSESSMENT IN VETTING, SCREENING AND ASSESSING EX-OFFENDERS & RECOVERING EMPLOYEES

Asi Panditharatna

Asi Panditharatna

Director of Employment Services
The Forward Trust

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Asi Panditharatna

Director of Employment Services , The Forward Trust

Asi joined The Forward Trust in June 2018. Asi has over 20 years’ experience as a manager and leader in the post 16 skills, apprenticeships, training and employability industry. Prior to joining Forward Asi was Director of Apprenticeships and Employability at Catch22 where he secured its first ever Ofsted Grade Good in apprenticeships and skills, as well as securing its first apprenticeship levy customers. Asi was a member of the Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Task Force that developed the inaugural skills strategy for London. Asi is a member of the AELP London Advisory Board and former chair of the ERSA Youth Employability Forum. In his spare time Asi is a School Governor with lead responsibility for Special Education Needs and supports community initiatives in Sri-Lanka and Bangladesh.

Carwyn Gravell

Carwyn Gravell

Divisional Director of Business Development
The Forward Trust

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Carwyn Gravell

Divisional Director of Business Development , The Forward Trust

Carwyn joined The Forward Trust (then Blue Sky) in 2014 as Head of Fundraising. He has since taken on a wider role as Forward's Divisional Director of Business Development. His areas of responsibility now include Business Development, Research, Communications and Fundraising. Carwyn was previously a partner at leading social research organisation Lemos&Crane and was instrumental in developing ground-breaking initiatives in the field of criminal justice including Prisoner Action Net and The Good Prison Award. He is a Philosophy graduate from Warwick University and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

WHO & WHY TO VET?

Nick Mann

Nick Mann

Director
Nick Mann Associates

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Nick Mann

Director , Nick Mann Associates

Nick is an internationally recognised fraud and security innovator in the telecoms and financial services industries. Having begun his threat management career with the Inland Revenue, he moved on to British Telecom, the London Stock Exchange and IMRO before building the Security and Investigation Department at Orange Plc. He was previously a director of two international risk management consultancies specialising in telecoms and financial services; Praesidium and Stork ltd. For 5 years until May 2009 Nick was the Director of Fraud, Risk & Security for Vodafone Group (global). He was also chairman of the GSMA (Global Mobile Industry) Fraud Forum for 2.5 years until May 2009. Nick is now Chairman of the (Global) Fraud & Security Advisory Panel. He has developed a unique specialism in Strategic reviews in the areas of Fraud, Security & Risk and has conducted innumerable such reviews across the globe. His Strategic Plans have been supplied to businesses and organisations across all sectors of commerce as well as the public sector. Similarly, he is a peerless authority on the subject of Internal Threat Management.

  • Examining employee threat motivation
  • Risk factor linkage to motivation
  • Internal Threat Assessment & Measurement (ITAM) scoring
  • Using ITAM Threat Quotients to determine which roles require intensive screening

Lunch and problem-solving tables

OUTSOURCING THE VETTING PROCESS – THE MATURING MARKET

Michael Whittington

Michael Whittington

Director
Credence Background Screening

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Michael Whittington

Director , Credence Background Screening

Michael is an Employee Screening professional with over 20 years industry experience. Focus on service quality, customer care and delivering an excellent candidate experience. Chair of the European Chapter of Professional Background Screeners and Member of the Institute of Professional Investigator (MIPI).

GDPR UPDATE: IMPLICATIONS TO THE UK VETTING AND SCREENING PROCESS

Helen Hall

Helen Hall

Employment Lawyer and Legal Director
DLA Piper

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Helen Hall

Employment Lawyer and Legal Director , DLA Piper

Helen Hall has particular experience on TUPE, employment issues relating to outsourcing, shared services arrangements and other projects in both the public and private sector. Helen also has experience with employment issues relating to corporate transactions, executive recruitment and termination including associated corporate governance issues, reorganisation and redundancy and data protection in the employment relationship. Helen works pro-actively with clients to assess the impact of new and forthcoming developments in employment law and how to implement them alongside business goals and operational needs. Helen regularly represents her clients in employment tribunals and has significant experience in managing a wide range of claims for unfair dismissal, breach of contract, equal pay, age, religious, race, sex , sexual orientation and disability discrimination. Helen is a member of the firm's public sector group.

  • Data protection and enforced subject access: what you need to know
  • Employment documents and retention and storage issues: new legal guidelines
  • Future of the data protection act in the UK post-Brexit
  • Likely ICO recommendations
  • Data transfer and implications of General Data Protection Regulation
  • Implications to your company’s compliance policy and projects

Afternoon tea and networking

UTILISING SOCIAL MEDIA EFFECTIVELY & LEGALLY IN YOUR EMPLOYEE SCREENING PROCESS

Steve O'Neil

Steve O'Neil

Director
The Security Watchdog

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Steve O'Neil

Director , The Security Watchdog

Steve is responsible for sales and has positioned Security Watchdog’s growing product offering within an international framework. He is also responsible for strengthening international client relations within the private and public sector. His dynamic leadership singles out Security Watchdog as the prominent background screening and risk consultancy organisation of choice. Steve joined Security Watchdog in 2002. In 1998 he founded Dome IT Recruitment following a fast track career as a British Army officer.

DOCUMENT VERIFICATION: AN ESSENTIAL CHECKLIST

Kenneth Hanslip

Kenneth Hanslip

Technical Director
NSL

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Kenneth Hanslip

Technical Director , NSL

Kenneth is an an expert in right to work compliance and the detection of identity document fraud. He is experienced in the setting up and management of compliant pre-employment checking and employee vetting and screening processes.

  • The difference between ‘verification’ and ‘vetting’
  • Recognising fraudulent documents: passport and ID checks
  • Scenarios: What to do if you suspect document fraud?
  • Checking identity documents

FINAL Q&A AND OUTSTANDING ISSUES

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