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24th Employee Vetting & Screening Conference for Employers

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

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.

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?

Recruiting new employees can be risky; a robust vetting and screening programme can ensure employers avoid fraud and unnecessary damage to your company’s reputation and brand.

This conference, with its unrivalled track record, gives you the tools to learn best practice in vetting and screening policy and implementation.

Featuring expert advice and key case studies, delegates will learn the components of an effective vetting programme, essential legal updates and case studies from organisations facing the same challenges.

Experienced and novice recruitment professionals alike will benefit from the hand-picked expertise and comprehensive programme as well as the chance to network with peers across the industry.

Past speakers included:CIFAS, PwC, Bracher Rawlins, REC, DLA Piper, Nationwide Building Society, Passport Proven, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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, Security, Recruitment, Legal & Compliance, Directors & Managers responsible for Immigration & Right to Work Checks, Vetting & Screening, Administration & Operations

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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

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.

  • Vetting and screening: an introduction
  • New practices and concepts
  • Who and why to vet?
  • Threat measurement models
  • Vetting for specific roles: how does that work?
  • Documenting rational governance frameworks
  • Supporting documents and their relevance
  • New tools
  • Passive versus positive vetting

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: GOVERNMENT CHANGES AND INITIATIVES

Tom Hadley

Tom Hadley

Director of Campaigns and Policy
REC

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Tom Hadley

Director of Campaigns and Policy , REC

Tom's role focuses on lobbying key Government and EU officials on a range of employment and labour market issues. The work also involves highlighting REC initiatives to promote industry standards, including enforcement of a Code of Professional Practice, audit schemes and the launched Diversity Pledge. Before joining the REC, Tom Hadley spent six years at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and previously worked for the London-based recruitment and economic development consultancy MBA Training Research & Development. Previous roles included a traineeship within the European Commission and work within the in-house legal department of the French multi-national Vivendi. Tom has a Masters in International and European Law from Assas University in Paris and a BA Law Degree from Sussex University. Tom is also a national league rugby player and a collector of fine wines.

  • Specific challenges
  • Home Office best practice in RTW
  • Non-UK employees
  • RTW: a checklist

LEGAL

Victoria Northedge

Victoria Northedge

Associate Solicitor - Employment & Immigration
Eversheds Sutherland

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Victoria Northedge

Associate Solicitor - Employment & Immigration , Eversheds Sutherland

Victoria is an Associate in our Human Resources Practice Group, having qualified as a solicitor in January 2018. Victoria specialises in all aspects of employment law. Victoria advises a range of public and private organisations within a variety of sectors including financial services, education, retail, transport and local authority. Victoria has advised on a range of issues including redundancy, employee severance, discrimination, and performance and absence issues. Victoria also routinely advises employers in relation to employment tribunal claims and the negotiation of settlement agreements. Victoria is also a member of our immigration team and has experience of advising clients in relation to their compliance with the Immigration Rules from a Tier 4, Tier 2, Tier 5 and Right to Work perspective

  • Understanding RTW checks
  • Brexit impact
  • Tier two screening
  • Social media: Tool or quagmire for hirers?
  • Applicable legal consent: what do you need?
  • Potential impact of gender recognition act

THE POST-BREXIT LANDSCAPE

Natasha Chell

Natasha Chell

Partner & Head of Risk and Compliance
Laura Devine Immigration

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Natasha Chell

Partner & Head of Risk and Compliance , Laura Devine Immigration

Natasha is a solicitor and the risk and compliance partner in London, with over 15 years' experience in UK immigration law, nationality and EU free movement. She is recognised in the Legal 500 2017 as an 'expert in corporate immigration' with ‘fantastic knowledge’ and in Who’s Who Legal 2018 as a knowledgeable and determined adviser who "explores all avenues to get success for her client". With particular interest in the prevention of illegal working and risk management strategies Natasha has developed the firm's immigration compliance audit service for clients and provides strategic advice on Tier 2 compliance and remedies. She offers practical focused training on ways to improve business systems to prevent non-compliance and has an impressive record in assisting many clients in maintaining an A rating with the Home Office despite previous non-compliance, including having a civil penalty cancelled and overturning licence revocation. Natasha also manages the firm’s EU Brexit services for clients, creating tailored EU advisory services to clients and their staff preparing them for the changes ahead following the UK’s referendum to leave the EU. Natasha acts for a broad range of clients from major multinationals to start-up businesses and individuals, managing some of the firms highest profile corporate and education clients including international financial service providers, insurance businesses and exclusive fashion, retail and entertainment organisations. As a practised speaker, Natasha is frequently invited to present to clients and contacts at events across the UK. She is a prolific writer on UK immigration for the HR media and the leading legal research provider, Lexis Nexis.

  • How complex will it become to employ migrant workers?
  • What changes will be made to the vetting process?
  • Data exchange across Europe: what can employers expect?
  • Checking identity and RTW: an update
  • Understanding potential punitive measures for getting it wrong: UKVI guidelines

Morning coffee and networking

GDPR

Adam Rose

Adam Rose

Partner
Mishcon de Reya

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Adam Rose

Partner , Mishcon de Reya

Adam is a Commercial and Data Protection Partner in the Intellectual Property Group, with over 25 years' experience, specialising in data protection and freedom of information law, as well as advising clients on IT and commercial contracts, including licensing, franchising, agency, distribution and terms of business. He advises clients across a number of sectors, but in particular, those in real estate, publishing and broadcasting, financial services, and retail and leisure, including hotels and restaurants. In data protection and freedom of information, he advises corporates and individuals on all aspects of the law. Adam is the International Development Partner at Mishcon de Reya. His primary objective is to ensure the firm consistently delivers the best advice to its clients and to gain the trust of clients and lawyers from around the world. He works closely with the partners appointed as leaders for each international region to closely monitor the overseas service the Firm provides, the expansion of its client-base and how it is delivering against its strategy.

  • Conducting privacy impact assessment
  • How do you manage your policy
  • Impact on your policy and procedures
  • Rights of individual versus business needs

CASE STUDY: PROTECTING THE ORGANISATION AND OUR CUSTOMERS

Rachel Glaze (Invited)

Rachel Glaze (Invited)

UK Resourcing Lead
Aviva

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Rachel Glaze (Invited)

UK Resourcing Lead , Aviva

  • The importance of fit and proper staff 
  • Our 18-month period of change
    • The historic approach – why we had to change
    • Speeding up the process
    • Our RFP / selection process
  • New policies and processes
  • Key learnings

Lunch and networking

NEW STANDARDS FOR SCREENING IN THE DIGITAL AGE

David Lean

David Lean

Co-Founder
Association for Online Due Diligence

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David Lean

Co-Founder , Association for Online Due Diligence

David has been in pre-employment screening for more than 20yrs. He founded a pre-employment screening business and developed the PASS pre-employment screening software which is used by some of the largest employers in the UK. He is a long term member of the British Standards BS7858 screening committee and provides consultancy to companies in this sector. His is currently helping organisations benefit from online due diligence and is a founder member of the Association for Online Due Diligence with the aim of ensuring high standards in the use of internet data in informing hiring and investment decisions.

  • Why search the internet for information
  • How do online searches differ from the current references and checks
  • Social Media Screening and Deeper Internet Searches
  • Are they legal, ethical and GDPR compliant?
  • Why outsource these types of service?
  • Why have we formed www.afodd.org
  • Best practice for providers and consumers of these services

ROBUST VETTING: POLICY AND PRACTICE

  • Vetting and screening permanent versus contingent workers
  • Vetting for internal risks
  • Differences and similarities in approach
  • The right to re-check: whether and where to use this clause in contracts

CASE STUDY: HARNESSING NEW TECHNOLOGY TO MAXIMISE THE EFFICIENCY OF YOUR VETTING PROCESS

Jagriti Patwari

Jagriti Patwari

Director
Eurocom C.I.

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Jagriti Patwari

Director , Eurocom C.I.

  • In house or outsource? Essential questions to ask
  • What are the new and future possibilities?
  • Ensuring your systems are workable and compliant
  • Case studies: lessons learned

Afternoon tea and networking

THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY: OUTSOURCING THE VETTING PROCESS – HOW TO OPTMISE YOUR RELATIONSHIP

  • Making the outsourcing decision: essential questions to ask
  • What makes the best fit? Avoiding wasting time and resources
  • Potential challenges and how to manage them
  • Volume recruitment and checking – what are your best options and how do you monitor and maintain standards?

TACKLING AND MINIMISING IDENTITY FRAUD: WHAT YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF

Ian Westwood.

Ian Westwood.

Director
Passport Proven

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Ian Westwood.

Director , Passport Proven

  • Identify fraud
  • ID verification
  • Proof of work
  • Passport / ID Document verification (x2)
  • Forgery
  • Passport checks
  • Passport verifier app
  • Use/misuse of business visas
  • Identification verification systems
  • ID verification

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