Employ workers from abroad? Be prepared for unannounced visits.

Employers are facing fines if they fail to check their employees’ eligibility to work in the UK – Chetal Patel explains how you can prepare in Personnel Today.

It’s expected that the number of investigations into Right to Work fines will increase as the UK lockdown eases, particularly after 30 June, when EU employees will need to show proof of eligibility to work in the UK as a result of Brexit.

Chetal Patel recently told Personnel Today: “We know that the Home Office has also started to resume compliance visits now on organisations that hold sponsor licences, so sponsors need to be prepared for unwelcomed visits. During these visits, immigration officers will check a sponsor’s system in relation to the prevention of illegal working, including what processes are in place and whether the correct documents are retained.”

“For employers using the Covid-19 temporary Right to Work check measures, the Home Office has been clear that employers must carry out retrospective checks within eight weeks of coronavirus measures lifting. I’d recommend that employers keep a separate list of those staff for whom adjusted right to work checks have been undertaken; that way, the list can act as a quick reference point when the retrospective checks need to be completed.”

Read the full article on Personnel Today here.

This information was correct to 19th April 2021.


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