A well known research organisation with a sponsor licence has a large number of people at its premises undertaking a range of activities, including work, study, research and visit. As a result, the status of their people is varied and can include employed, self-employed, students, seconded workers, visitors and researchers. Due to their complex arrangements, the organisation asked us to advise them on their right to work and document checking practices to ensure compliance with illegal working legislation and their sponsor duties.

How did we help?

We provided detailed advice on the organisation’s responsibility to prevent illegal working in the UK and how to conduct right to work checks in order to establish a statutory excuse against liability for a civil penalty in the event that they are found to be employing an illegal worker. We advised on establishing the status of different types of people and whether the organisation has an obligation to check their right to work.

As the organisation is a sponsor licence holder, if it is found to be employing illegal workers, this could affect their sponsor licence. We therefore provided advice on the implications of non-compliance for the organisation and their ability to sponsor workers in the future, which is business critical.