If the well-groomed intelligent looking person sitting opposite you for a job interview answers the questions well, why not just say – “When can you start”?

After all interviews are a chore and most of us really don’t know how to do them. What we really want is someone who will fit into our organisation, someone personable and if they support Leeds United so much the better.

Obviously if the post requires specialist qualifications, the candidate will be asked to produce their degree certificates and references. But you probably suppose that a person who is not actually an engineer is hardly going to be asking for a job as engineer, so yes, just accept the paperwork at face value and put it in the drawer.

You think?

Link – here — this lady faked her qualifications to work as a Psychiatrist for 22 years, yes you have read that right, 22 years. She was placed into a position of trust pretending to be a Psychiatrist whilst treating Alzheimer patients.

Scary much?

“The convicted fraudster had failed the first year of medical school in New Zealand in 1992, but subsequently managed to register as a doctor with the General Medical Council (GMC) with a forged degree certificate, forged primary medical qualification and a fake letter of recommendation from her most recent job in Pakistan, under a visa scheme that has since been discontinued”

Being a crook, she also took financial advantage.

She “befriended” one of her patents who was recently widowed and fraudulently drafted a Will for that patient and also applied for Power of Attorney over her patient’s estate.

I am pleased to say she did go to Jail for all the fraud she had committed.

But – How did this women get to be in such a position of trust for 22 years, prescribing extremely strong medication (anti-psychotic drugs) and even sectioning patients!

The trouble is, honest people find it hard to believe in criminals. In the abstract, yes. But not in your office, in a job interview, with coffees and bickies – Surely not.

BUT AGAIN – It has been reported that around 75 bogus Universities websites and criminal operations were shut down in the past 4 years in England alone –more than 200 potential cases of fraud based upon the use of bogus degrees and similar fake qualifications have been reported since 2015

As a Notary Public office we are able to offer the service of verification checks of any proposed candidate’s qualification issued in UK, information contained in a curriculum vitae & verifying Criminal records check.

A  Notary Public is a trusted Legal officer whose certification is recognised in any country of the world and who is able to warrant facts and authenticate documents.

There are websites that you can purchase these bogus certificates directly from who are offering “get a realistic FAKE PhD Degree, buy it now @ $250.00”. Here is a –LINK – to one.

Dishonest people who purchase Bogus Educational qualifications are doing so in the hope of landing that “high-flying” job– there have been many reports recently of Doctors who are not qualified who have purchased a fake Degree Certificate to secure the job of their dreams even though they have no medical qualifications whatsoever – yes this really does happen!

See here – a link – to just one of such cases.

And there are more and more reports on the web of people in positions of trust who have used fake and bogus certificates to get the job they want – even aeroplane pilots! – the mind boggles!

Some of the headlines relating to fake Degrees:-

“Pilots and airline staff suspended for fake degrees”
“A PILOT who was caught inventing qualifications to lie his way into a commercial airline job is now flying holidaymakers out of Scotland”
“Thousands could be using fake degrees to apply for jobs”

If you are an employer or recruiter anywhere in the world my message to you is, don’t get caught out by unscrupulous individuals who feel it is okay to lie and cheat their way into employment that they are not qualified or entitled to do.

I am pleased to say that we offer a verification service so you can 100% be reliant on the paperwork your candidate produces. We can verify and authenticate any English Academic papers, we can verify details given on a C.V i.e check references, work experience etc.

Our verifications will be accepted around the world, we can obtain all necessary additional Apostille and Consular stamps.

We also have processes in place to verify and notarise as genuine ACRO and DBS Police Check!

Don’t give these fraudsters a way in. Let’s put a stop to this deceit and verify qualifications and references EVERY TIME – the more recruiters and HR Departments and other employment professionals opt to do this then the less likely it is that a fraudster can find a way in!

So don’t let anyone involve you in their intricate frauds. As the great man almost said “Shame on their greed, shame on their wicked schemes – I’ll say this, I don’t give a damn about their dreams” – Here’s the song –LINK HERE-

If you would like to speak in more depth as to what we can do and what we can provide then please do not hesitate to contact me, Louise Morley, Business Manager 0113 816 0116 or email louise@atkinsonnotary.com to discuss further.

You said “Happy Birthday”. Now I am humiliated.

You said “Happy Birthday”. Now I am humiliated.

It is the right of an employee to be allowed to carry out their duties free from harassment in the workplace. Harassment is the word used in s26 of The Equality Act. It means persistent behaviour that demeans, humiliates or embarrasses a person. So, it means ”bullying” .

Also the Act defines, then prohibits, illegal discrimination. Including discrimination upon grounds of age.

I confess that I find the Act hard to understand in the time I am willing to spend upon reading it. It seems to me to contain a long list of definitions of types of discrimination and of harassment but it less than clear as to what behaviour is prohibited with what consequences in breach.

And look at s30, whatever the consequences of bullying might be, don’t be behaving that way on ships or hovercrafts. Here is -the Link – I’ll let you have a go.

Anyway, let’s assume that brighter minds that mine can unravel the legislation and that workplace harassment is indeed against the law as it obviously should be.

So on to the facts of the Tribunal hearing of Munro -v- Sampson Coward. A secretary in a firm of Solicitors reached her fiftieth birthday and returned from a week off to find that a birthday card had been purchased for her and signed by all of the staff.

She complained to the firm that her birthday was her own private affair and says that the reply was “It was your 50th wasn’t it, you can’t hide it you know”.

The claim of the secretary was in part that the remark was “utterly shocking to her .. insensitive, humiliating and insulting”.

She claimed that the disclosure of her birthdate and of her actual age was a breach of GDPR – a release of her private data to persons not entitled to know it.

Long story short, -here is the link -,  the tribunal dismissed her case.

It found that her reaction was “unusual and extreme” and that the giving of a card was not harassment nor yet discriminatory. Nor, since the Tribunal found that the information as to her birthdate and age came from a disclosure she had made in conversation with one of the other secretaries rather than from her HR file, was there any data breach.

It found that the giving of the reviled birthday card was intended as an “act of kindness”.

You think so, Sherlock?

Any conclusions?

A reading of the case indicates that the Tribunal decided that the lady had been dismissed for rather poor work within the first two-years of her employment. Therefore, before any rights in Law against unfair dismissal had been accrued.

So it seems to have decided that perhaps her claim was instead made on the basis of dismissal for “whistleblowing” about the alleged data breach simply because there is no such time limit applicable for that.

The general tone of internet comment to the idea of finding a birthday card “humiliating” has been robustly derisive.

But. And then again, but.

Over twenty years ago, when a secretary of mine reached fifty, one of my friends rang her in the guise of an undertaker trying to sell her an instalment-plan funeral. Ho ho.

Much longer ago again, when the oldest of my group of teenage friends reached twenty, we all signed an “in memoriam” card with lilies and weeping angels on the front and posted it to his parents, declaring our deepest sympathy in their time of loss of their beloved teenager. Once again, Ho ho. And furthermore, Tee Hee.

How does that look in 2020?

Why do actors, particularly female ones, appear sensitive about their age?

Why was it necessary to bring in Acts of Parliament to protect workers from being required to leave work when they qualify for a pension?

Why does Pizza Express (other restaurants are available) demand your birthdate? It says – in order to confirm you are over 16. Do you believe them? In which case, maybe a box to tick “I am over 16” would do the trick?

[Having said that, if you enter your email address and a random birthdate each time you download a restaurant offer, you may well eventually receive almost weekly emails congratulating you on your birthday and notifying you of a free prosecco or whatever when you visit.]

All data has value – Below is advice to commercial email senders and advertisers from Experian including:-

“Whether the subject line is just a simple “Happy Birthday” or it indicates an offer or a gift … the response metrics are strong. …. Compared to mass-promotion mailings, the total open rates for birthday and anniversary campaigns are 235% and 150% higher respectively.” –Link Here-

If you go to most shops, the “loyalty card” needs your birthdate. See above. They think they can sell you more if they email you on your birthday.

Worse than any of that, see my 2015 Blog. – Link Here- Computer hackers actively look for elderly people to steal from. You’re 40 now, not bothered? Think on- You will get old and the computers in forty years’ time will not have forgotten you or your birthday.

So maybe going forward, we don’t find it so friendly a thing to do to make a note of, and celebrate, a work colleague’s birthday without express permission.

But, it’s a lonely world and a bit of friendliness in a spirit of kindness should surely always be seen as a good deed? You tell me.

As, ironically enough, no-one says any more, O tempora! O mores!

Have you got a Birthday this year? So have I. Here is the music –Link Here-

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