End to adjusted right to work checks

13 May 21 by Charlotte Ashton
Right to work checks

During the Covid crisis, employers have been able to carry out adjusted checks on prospective employees in order to comply with their duty to prevent illegal working. The Home Office has allowed for employers to carry out checks over video calls and take scanned copies of documents in order to confirm an employee’s right to work.

However, in line with the Government’s plan to ease restrictions, employers will be required once more to carry out face-to-face checks, and see and copy original documents before an individual can start work. This will apply to employees who are employed on or after 21 June 2021. Employers can continue to use the online checking service in circumstances where this is appropriate.

Employers will need to consider how they will logistically manage to fulfil their legal obligations in order to revert to these checks from 21 June 2021.


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Post by Charlotte Ashton

Senior solicitor, ESP Law Ltd

Charlotte has over 10 years’ experience in all aspects of employment law. She trained in-house with a large UK company, covering 45,000 employees, and moved to private practice on qualification. Charlotte enjoys helping growing companies understand their legal obligations and has given training and presentations to start up entrepreneurs, and business students, at a local University. Charlotte also specialises in business immigration law for the UK and has helped employers obtain sponsor licences in order to recruit from outside the UK.