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Right to Work and Imaging

Which one is the original picture?

When all is said and done, life can be strange. We are all individual and see the world with very different viewpoints. Ask different people the same question about something that they have seen and you are quite likely to get different answers (especially when you get into details).

One of my hobbies is photography and I thought I’d use one of my pictures to illustrate how our perceptions can differ. Let’s take the photos of the moon above and ask, which photo is the one nearest to reality?

Which one would you choose?  Do you care? Well if your job depended on it then perhaps it would matter…….

The answer;

They are all the same photo but one has remained unadulterated and the other two have had varying degrees of contrast/focus elements applied. If you’d really like to know which one is as I took it, please drop me a line.

What planet are you on I hear you saying? (pun intended) How does this relate to Right to Work?

Please read on.……

Every time you engage/employ someone you run a challenge of not correctly identifying the potential employee and accuracy really does matter.

Are the two pictures above the same person or could they be relatives?

Make an error here and suddenly you may be on the wrong side of a £20,000 fine. Whenever I speak about Right to Work checks, as per the Home Office guidance, I rightly focus on fake documents in the main but, based upon research in the field by government officials, “imposters” are beginning to make up a significant proportion of the fines issued for illegal working.
Whilst delivering training around the onboarding process for Right to Work I specifically drill down into identification techniques.

With reference to the pictures above, they are both of me (about 5 years apart) but, the left-hand image where I’m not smiling is what is held on the passport chip (At uComply we use technology to access the RFID chip and allow the users to see the image, effectively you can compare the invisible versus the visible). The second image is from our company website.
The more observant amongst you may have noticed that the eye colour is different between the images. Should this be a failure? Interestingly my eyes do change colour based upon the ambient lighting conditions. Issues like this present ideal opportunities to engage with potential candidates/employees and get to know them better.

I cover this, and more during a training session, including the essentials of facial recognition.

Simply put, there is a defence against not spotting the ‘obvious fake’ as you are not expected to be document experts, and hence a mistake could happen but, I defy anyone (who is not visually impaired in some way) to try and defend against an ‘imposter’ (i.e. where the individual employed does not look like the identity documents they provided as a part of the Right to Work process) and suddenly you are being fined up to £20,000.

This blog is the first of a series where I look at the whole Right to Work process and hopefully by the end of the series you will reduce the risk of receiving a fine. If you’d like to know more, sooner, then get in touch.

I hope that you have a great time over the Christmas period and I wish you all a prosperous New Year.

Thanks

Stefan

Stefan.Sosnowski@ucomply.co.uk; or Tel: 01707 800 840