Right to work checks: employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens
From 1 July 2021, new rules for right to work checks will apply and EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens will need to provide evidence of lawful immigration status in the UK.
Up to 30th June, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can use their EU passport/ID cards but from 1st July, they will need to be eligible to work through a points system and checks can be made using the government online tool.
Right to work checks: adjustments ending 21 June
Due to COVID-19 employers have been able to check their employees right to work electronically. This is coming to an end on 20 June.
Although ‘Freedom Day’ has been delayed to at least 19 July 2021. Employers will still be required to revert back to face-to-face and physical document checks from 21 June or use the governments online checking tool.
Employers do not need to carry out retrospective checks on those who have had a COVID-19 adjusted check between 30 March 2020 and 20 June 2021 (inclusive).
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