There are a significant number of illegal workers in the UK today. In a post-Brexit world, the attraction to try and gain illegal employment in the UK is unlikely to reduce. So, making thorough and consistent Right to Work checks on new employees and keeping appropriate records of those checks is essential. Until 1st January 2021, Right to Work checks on EU employees aren’t changing. After that date, Right to Work compliance may become more complicated. The current dual immigration system – one for non-Europeans and another for EU citizens – looks likely to disappear and new immigration categories are being created, for example, the ‘EU settlement scheme’ which grants ‘settled’ and ‘pre-settled’ status.
How can you prepare?
• Run a full Right to Work audit
Check you have current and up-to-date proof of Right to Work for all employees, all identity documents are still valid and you’re storing records correctly. Run any necessary follow up checks.
• Review your policies
Check that offer letters and contracts explain right to work policies clearly and would support any contractual changes you might need to make based on any future changes to legislation.
• Consider additional Right to Work support
A growing number of organisations use electronic solutions to support Right to Work checks, regardless of the circumstances of the candidate.
The TrustID Right to Work service automatically updates as legislation changes and it’s backed up 7 days a week by our expert helpdesk team. So, you don’t need to train your staff to be Right to Work experts or update them on legislative changes when the UK leaves the EU.
To find out more visit our website: www.trustid.co.uk or give us a call: 0118 466 0822