Do I need to carry out Right to Work checks?

22 Nov 2022, 39 mins ago

If you hold, or are thinking of applying for, a Sponsor Licence there is even more reason to make sure that your Right to Work checking processes and records are fully compliant.

UK law imposes stiff penalties on employers found to be employing anyone who does not have the right to work in the UK.  Employers can face a civil penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal employee, their Sponsor Licence being revoked, being barred from applying for a licence, as well as reputational damage.

How can I protect myself from penalties?

You can protect yourself from penalties by:

  • Carrying out thorough right to work checks on all employees before they start work; and
  • Making sure the checks comply in full with Home Office guidance.

How Gherson can assist

We are able to carry out spot-checks and audits to make sure processes are suitably robust and provide training and guidance material for staff if required.

Having worked with the Home Office for a number of years, we are well placed to advise on specific complex issues if and when they may arise.

If you have any questions arising from this blog, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, send us an email, or, alternatively, follow us on TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.

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