Verifying Employees’ Right to Work

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25.11.2019, 11:11

Verifying Employees’ Right to Work

UK commercial contract cleaner Ecocleen will be using the uAuthenticate mobile application from uComply for employee identity document authentication across its network of franchises.



The uAuthenticate mobile application validates a wide range of identity documentation including passports, visas, ID cards, driving licences, biometric cards and work or resident permits in a matter of seconds. This accurate scanning and verification procedure, with built-in Home Office guidance, will quickly determine if someone has the Right to Work in the UK and identify any fake documents. This will help franchises to speed up the recruitment process and ensure contracts have the appropriate staffing levels, while protecting Ecocleen against any potential reputational loss or fines.


Jean-Henri Beukes, Ecocleen managing director, says: 

“Effective background checking and pre-employment screening is a critical part of our complete compliance with Home Office immigration guidelines.

“We had previously operated a centralised system for Right to Work checks that whilst robust could also be time consuming and result in unnecessary delays in the recruitment process. The uAuthenticate mobile app will enable our Regional Directors to make immediate employment decisions, so they can quickly and efficiently fill cleaning roles while reducing any exposure to risk.

“We are committed to backing our franchisees with nationwide standards, systems and support, so they can provide an unrivalled local cleaning service, and the uComply solution is the latest technological innovation that will deliver clear time and money saving benefits while giving us peace of mind that we are operating legally and responsibly.”

Milesh Shah, uComply’s business development director, adds:

“Recent research suggests that one in twenty employees in the UK may be working illegally, so there are significant risks to employers if Right to Work checks are not carried out correctly. With fines of up to £20,000 per illegal worker, there is a huge financial incentive to comply with requirements, even before you consider potential damage to a business’ brand or the threat of imprisonment. We are working with a growing number of responsible organisations such as Ecocleen that recognise the importance of effective immigration compliance.”

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Staff Reporter covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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