Credas Identity and ID document verification solution offers a comprehensive Right to Work and Modern Slavery check for the UK Construction Sector.
Looking for a quick and easy way to check Right to Work status? Credas offers Right to Work checks that make compliance simpler.
Whether you are checking ID documents for a few employees or thousands, by using Credas, you can be confident in the knowledge that the individuals you engage are who they say they are.
According to several different surveys conducted in the field; an overwhelming number of people believe that the construction industry could be doing a lot better when it comes to tackling illegal working.
Construction companies who want to ensure they comply with Right to Work legislation need to work together as an industry to enforce the laws set by the Home Office and put a number of checks in place across all construction activity to help prevent illegal working in the UK.
Starting with an evaluation of the processes they currently have in place — to detect illegal working amongst their workforce — contractors can put robust procedures in place. These procedures cover all registered sites, companies and suppliers which can help ensure the legitimacy of their workforce and help them comply with ‘Right to Work’.
Right to Work legislation states that all contractors have a responsibility as an employer to ensure everyone they employ, from subcontractors to individual staff members, have the right to work in the UK. In fact, having the required Right to Work checks in place can go a long way in preventing illegal working.
It’s outlined by UK work laws that right to work checks should involve examining any acceptable document which clearly shows permission for working in the UK. Construction companies are required to perform these checks before employing a person or a subcontractor – checking employee documents on the day construction work commences is not enough to comply with ‘Right to Work’ legislation.
The process of establishing whether a person holds permission for working in the UK involves obtaining original documents from potential employees, checking that the documents are valid and genuine, and retaining a copy for the company records, along with a clear audit trail which confirms that the appropriate right to work checks have been performed.
Contractors are required to perform these checks in person or by using dedicated verification software to ensure the identity of the individual and the authenticity of their documents.
Designed to help contractors ensure they are compliant with all relevant legislation, the innovative right to work software by Credas allows construction companies to validate and manage the identity of everyone they employ quicker and easier.
Credas provides construction companies with innovative technology which enables them to verify that employees and subcontractors have the right to work in the UK.
Automate identity checks and workforce onboarding with Credas, without compromising on reliably managing human identities and confirming that every employee is who they claim they are.
According to the latest Modern Slavery legislation introduced by the UK government in October 2015, the majority of UK businesses are required to produce a modern slavery statement.
Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 states that all companies with a consolidated global turnover of at least £36 million per annum, which supply goods or services are required to release a slavery and human trafficking statement every financial year.
Any UK businesses or partnerships meeting the turnover requirement which conducts any part of their work in the UK are obligated to comply, regardless of where their headquarters are based.
All construction companies which fall under modern slavery legislation are required to publish a statement outlining all the steps their business has taken to prevent any slavery or human trafficking at any point of the supply chain.
Aptly named ‘Transparency in Supply Chains’, the guidance document provided by the UK government on section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is designed to help UK businesses determine if they are subject to modern slavery legislation and, if so, what they need to include in their annual Statement.
Construction companies that want to ensure they are fully compliant with modern slavery legislation need to put together a Statement which reinforces their commitment to tackling modern slavery.
This statement should outlne how a business plans to ensure transparency in their supply chains and highlight who in is responsible for anti-slavery initiatives.
In their Modern Slavery Statement, contractors should reiterate the fact that they fully understand modern slavery risks and are conducting due diligence to ensure no modern slavery occurs in any part of their business.
As part of due diligence, construction companies should highlight any areas of their construction supply chain which might be considered high risk in relation to modern slavery, and outline what initiatives their business is undertaking to prevent slavery and human trafficking (e.g. training, risk assessments, policy implementations and investigations).
Construction companies which have taken none of the modern slavery due diligence steps outlined above must publish a Statement to that effect.
Modern slavery ID checks are designed to help construction businesses detect slavery and human trafficking. As part of compliance procedures, contractors are required to closely monitor supply chains, tracking all personal data collected on employees and subcontractors.
With an increasing number of countries enforcing official anti modern slavery regulations, having full transparency in the supply chain — from start to finish — enables construction companies to confirm that all their supplies are ‘social responsibility’ certified.
Capturing relevant compliance data and keeping a record of all modern slavery ID checks helps construction companies ensure that they are fully compliant.
Our user-friendly Credas portal and mobile app helps construction companies across the UK comply with right to work legislation and modern slavery legislation – anywhere, and in real-time.
Next-generation Identity and ID document verification ensures all construction employees and subcontractors have been screened compliantly for Right to Work, and no one across the supply chains is victim to slavery and human trafficking.