Employer Checking Service (Guide for HR)

employer checking service

Employers can, in certain circumstances, make use of the Home Office’s online employer checking service to conduct compliant right to work checks and avoid penalties for illegal working. There are, however, rules and limitations to using the employer checking service, making it important for employers, HR and those responsible for conducting an organisation’s right to […]

Prevention of Illegal Working Guide 2022

prevention of illegal working

Under the prevention of illegal working legislation, it is unlawful for an employer to hire someone if they do not have the Right to Work in the UK or if they are breaching the terms of their stay by working. Employers in the UK must by law comply with the prevention of illegal working regime. Breaching […]

Right to Work Checklist & Acceptable Documents

right to work checklist

As a UK employer, you are required by law to check and record the immigration status of every employee, to verify they have the Right to Work in the UK. The Home Office’s Right to Work checklist guidance details which Right to Work documents individuals must provide to employers, and how employers should carry out […]

Illegal Immigration in the Workplace

As a UK employer you are under a duty to prevent illegal immigration by carrying out right to work checks. In this way you can ensure that both prospective and existing employees are lawfully allowed to work in the UK and undertake the work on offer. Any failure to carry out these document checks correctly, […]

How to Avoid Employing Illegal Immigrants

Employers across all sectors are falling foul of immigration compliance and facing allegations of employing illegal immigrants. Under current immigration rules, employers operate under onerous duties for the prevention of illegal working. Where employers are found to be in breach of their immigration compliance duties and are alleged to be employing illegal immigrants, they face […]

List B Management Risks for Employers

An individual’s immigration status will dictate the documentation they must present to an employer to verify their Right to Work. Employees with time-limited permission, for example, are required to produce items from UKVI’s ‘List B’ to evidence identity and temporary employment authorisation. For an employer to comply with its duty to prevent illegal working, every employee […]

How to Manage Recruitment Immigration Risks

UK employers face increasing recruitment immigration risks when hiring non-UK nationals  Between July – September 2016 alone, UKVI issued £10.2million in fines to UK employers for illegal working. For employers, the option of recruiting from the global talent market can be critical to maintaining operations and, importantly, competitive advantage.   But the penalties for employing illegal workers and […]

Immigration Compliance – A Measure of Success

Top tips for measuring immigration compliance cost, return and performance levels There is clearly value to any organisation of avoiding non-compliance with its immigration duties and the resulting consequences – civil penalties, operational disruption, reputational harm. Beyond this, in support of demonstrating value and return on a wider global mobility programme, immigration compliance offers significant […]

When an Employee Loses their Right to Work

If you become aware that an employee has lost their right to work, your next steps will be critical to ensure you do not breach your duties.   Duty to prevent illegal working It is worth reminding that all UK employers operate under a duty to prevent illegal working. Failure to meet your duties under […]

Employing EU Citizens in the UK

employing eu citizens in the uk

New rules on employing EU citizens came into force in the UK from 1 January 2021. For UK employers, the changes impact how you recruit and onboard EU nationals, requiring you to ensure the organisation is properly licensed and legally compliant in verifying EU workers’ Right to Work in the UK.   Hiring EU nationals […]