If You employ people who do not have UK nationality this is important

The Home Office have announced that right to work checks will be reverting back to in-person checks from the 17th May 2021. 

The Government have stated that right to work checks, made virtual during the pandemic, will be shifting back to an in-person method.

From the 17th May, the temporary adjustments made to right to work checks are ending. This means employers will be expected to conduct this in-person once again or can check the applicant’s right to work online, if they have been given authority to do so.

These measures were put in place to prevent illegal working, with employers having responsibility over ensuring that the individual has the right to work in the UK.

As part of this, employers are expected to obtain original versions of documentations such as a passport, check the document’s validity in front of the employee and make and retain a copy of this.

However, during the pandemic, this method was altered in order to adhere to lockdown restrictions and social distancing rules. Candidates were able to complete these checks over a video call and send through scanned documents.