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Physical Right to Work Checks Postponed to April 2022

The Home Office has recently announced that pandemic-related measures to allow for remote checking of identities, which should have come to an end in September 2021, has been pushed back to April 2022. With recruitment being problematic in many sectors, and employers struggling to fill vacancies, these measures have been widely praised by business.
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DBS Checks in Further Education

Many people assume that the “further education” sector refers to Universities, and other institutions which educate people who are past school leaving age. That however is only partly true. There are thousands of young people who leave school after their GCSEs aged 16 and go to college either to do further academic qualifications, or to study a practical course in something like hairdressing or plumbing.
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DBS Checks Taking Longer Because of Work from Home Rule

Pre-pandemic, turnaround times at the DBS checks were improving. The stories of lengthy waits and people losing out on jobs because of their certificates being stuck in the system appeared to be a thing of the past. However, the latest figures appear to show that delays are again becoming commonplace, and the blame is being placed at the door of homeworking.
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HGV Recruitment Crisis

A combination of the Covid-19 pandemic putting the brakes on driving tests, and the UK’s withdrawal from the EU at the end of 2020 has led to a huge shortage of qualified Heavy Goods Vehicle – or HGV – drivers. The shortage is the reason for gaps on supermarket shelves and why some big restaurant chains such as Nando’s and McDonald’s have had to close branches.
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Automatic Suspension for Drivers Who Refuse a to Join DBS Update

Wigan Council has become the first local authority in the UK to demand private hire and hackney cab drivers in their area sign up for a DBS Update account. If drivers refuse, they are to be suspended until their registration is complete. Drivers have until 1 December 2021 to register for the DBS Update system.
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Adult Safeguarding

Safeguarding is a word you see used all the time, but do we really understand what it means? Safeguarding in a DBS context is about taking steps to protect the well-being, health and rights of children and vulnerable adults. Organisations which come into contact with vulnerable adults should therefore have in place safeguarding policies to ensure that members of staff know what they should be doing in terms of protection.
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Overseas Applicants and DBS Checks

Although recruiting staff from overseas has become trickier after Brexit, there are still many industries which depend on a steady stream of skilled workers from overseas. If you are involved in employing staff overseas to come to the UK and work in a role which requires a DBS check, then it’s essential that you understand the process as it applies to applicants from overseas.
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Using the Same DBS Check for Multiple Jobs

Gone are the days when people worked for their whole career with the same employer. Switching jobs frequently is now common, and one of the most commonly asked questions of DBS staff is whether one DBS certificate can be used for a succession of jobs.
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Confidentiality for DBS Checks

Despite the UK having left the EU at the end of 2020, we are still sticking to many of the GDPR rules which cover data protection across Europe. Data protection laws are strict in terms of criminal records, so whether you’re a business owner or a DBS applicant, it’s important to understand what you need to do in terms of confidentiality.
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