Right to Work Checks have changed from April 2022 - Celia Alliance

January 5, 2022

In March 2020 Right to Work checks in the UK were temporarily adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was to make it easier for employers to carry out checks.

Temporary changes

The following temporary changes were made:

However, on the 6 April 2022 these temporary measures came to an end and the Home Office announced changes to Right to Work checks, issuing new guidance – the full draft guide can be found here.

New guidance

A business must conduct checks before employing someone. If a person’s right to work is also time-limited, a follow-up check shortly before it is due to come to an end should be conducted.

It is essential that the HR department has compliant processes while ensuring they are not discriminatory, and appropriate copies are being kept of all relevant documents and dates recorded for further checks and actions.

How to carry out a Right to Work check

You can carry out a Right to Work check in one of the following ways:

Documents you can use to carry out a right-to-work check are set out in full in the guidance. These lists have been changed and Biometric Residence Permits and other documents are no longer accepted. The documents used must be originals and copies should be made and retained.

Penalties for employing illegal workers

You can be penalized if you employ someone who does not have the right to work and you did not carry out the correct checks.

For help and support

Contact us to find out more about our business immigration services and for expert advice in conducting an audit of your current processes and advising on what is required for compliance with the new Home Office regulations.

This article was produced by Jonathan Martin, Partner, at Abbiss Cadres, England, UK, a CELIA Alliance member firm.

For further information or if you have any queries relating to the content of this communication, please contact us.

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