What Pre-Employment Checks Should SMEs Run?

What Pre-Employment Checks Should SMEs Run?

Setting up and running a small to medium enterprise isn’t a walk in the park. We all know that. But with a little help from the informative blog posts on this site, it can be made much easier. If you will be recruiting staff as your business grows, there are an important number of pre-employment checks you should run once you have decided an individual is suitable for a position. Here’s a simple guide to these screening checks, what they are and how you can apply for them in an affordable and timely matter: DBS Checks Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) background screening checks will delve into an applicant’s personal records to see if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or warnings which may affect their eligibility to work with children or vulnerable adults. These checks are an essential part in safeguarding customers, clients or patients that use your services or products, and are standard issued tests. There are three main categories of DBS disclosure checks, these are: Basic Disclosure – This is issued by the Scottish branch of the Disclosure and Barring Service. A Basic Disclosure Check will highlight any criminal history under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Standard DBS Disclosure – This check is more in-depth and will detail any cautions, warnings, reprimands or convictions in an applicant’s past held on the Police National Computer. Enhanced DBS Disclosure – A certificate of this check will include the same details as the Standard Check, as well as additional checks that the Police feel are relevant to the position. If you need an employee to start work immediately and you cannot wait for a DBS check to be conducted and a certificate returned, you can apply for a List 99 and DBS Adult First Check. These are temporary options

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