Every worker who does not hold the right to work in the UK will land their employer with a £20,000 fine.
It is the duty of employers to check the eligibility of every worker by periodically obtaining and scrutinising certain documentation, such as passports, permits and visas. Knowing which documents to check can be a minefield. From 28th January 2019 employers will be able to rely solely on the Government’s online Rights to Work Checking Service[AM1] , that will remove the need to complete those laborious paper checks.
The service can be used for non-EEA nationals who hold biometric residence permits or biometric residence cards and EEA nationals who have been granted settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. However, EEA nationals who do not have settled status under the EEA scheme will still need to demonstrate their right to work through the appropriate documents.
If you need help with your Border Agency checks, speak to one of our employment law team. Just phone 03456 122144 now and we’ll help you through it.