HR - October Newsletter
A right to work check is a Home office process which was introduced in order to prevent illegal working by ensuring that employees provided the necessary documents to prove their right to work.
Initially anyone found to be working without the correct documentation / visas would be subject to a fine or even deportation. In more recent years the burden of responsibility to check that employees have the correct documentation moved from the employee to the employer. This year the Home office has increased the fines and prison sentences for employers who fail to carry out the necessary checks, or employ illegal workers. Your employees may all be legally entitled to work in the UK, but if you are audited by the UKBA and can not show that you carried out the necessary right to work checks you could be fined.