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Employee ID Verification for Small Business

When hiring new employees the first concern is often “how good of an employee will they be” but in fact the first concern should be “are they actually who they say they are” because regardless of the nature of your business, an employee who isn’t actually who they say they are can wreak havoc on your business when there are no consequences to their real identity.

Former Department of Homeland Security Chief Chertoff stated; “I’m going to submit to you that in the 21st Century, the most important asset that we have to protect as individuals and as part of our nation is the control of our identity, who we are, how we identify ourselves, whether other people are permitted to masquerade and pretend to be us, and thereby damage our livelihood, damage our assets, damage our reputation, damage our standing in our community.”

We are functioning in an environment in which IDs have yet to be verified or authenticated. There are hundreds of forms of identification in circulation with little security, the Social Security number is a national ID available everywhere, there are thousands of variations of the birth certificate, there are kids on college campuses everywhere selling fake IDs and credit is wide open.

All these fake IDs contribute to the exasperating problem of imposter fraud.

Get the ID Checking Guide to assist you with employee ID verification. “Whether for initial screening or final ID check, verifying ID is important. By reducing inappropriate employment applications, time is saved and later errors or litigation averted. Our references are quick and easy-to-use, with clear indication of the security features that help to verify ID.”

Eventually fake ID detection methods like Smart-cards, biometrics in all its forms, multi-factor authentication and other identity verification methods will help form trusted identities and being an imposter won’t be so easy.



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A Finextra member
A Finextra member 25 April, 2012, 08:15Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

With two companies here in Finland, we have solved this problem to use verfied online signature when signing a contract. Their HRM system system produces work contract which is send to two different device, one is e-mail and other is mobile phone. When new employee gets link from e-mail and SMS message with codes for agreement, he can access to work contract. Using his online credentials with social security data from either bank or mobile device identification he can sign document. When contract is signed, company gets full name of person who signed contract and it is archived in their HRM system.

This means that before contract is send, company can verify that mobile number belongs to this person. When new employer signs contract he has to have valid social security number which matches to his online credentials from bank or mobile operator. If they don't match, signature is not possible. If everything matches, then contract can be signed and company receives full name of their new employer. 

There are still loop holes like what if online credentials are stolen with social security numbers and mobile phone numbers. True but still risk factor goes already low enough. Even in the physical world same thing is possible.

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