Right to work checks - what you need to know
Ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and recent changes to the UK’s immigration system mean more than ever, it is crucial that employers are carrying out right to work checks correctly.
UK employers have a duty to prevent illegal working and those found employing illegal workers face civil and criminal penalties, with fines of up to £20,000 per illegal worker and potential jail sentences in the most serious of cases.
Crucially, employers who check employees’ right to work in the manner prescribed by the Home Office can establish a statutory excuse against prosecution in the event they are found to be employing someone who does not have permission to work in the UK.
In this publication our Belfast Immigration team will guide you through the process and provide an update on important changes due to COVID-19.
For further information on this topic, please contact any member of the ALG Belfast Immigration team.
Date published: 29 January 2021