Home Office is reminding employers that they must make right to work checks before hiring new employees.
They must check that job applicants are allowed to do the type of work they’re applying for in the UK.
What you must do as an employer to avoid being fined
1. Ask for the applicant’s original identity documents that show they can work in the UK.
2. Check the documents are genuine and valid while the applicant is with you – either in person or on screen.
3. Make clear copies of the documents, record the date you made the check, and put the copies somewhere safe.
Employers who fail to make these checks properly and employ an illegal worker might have to pay a penalty of up to £20,000.