Right to work checks – changes to remote checks
Upcoming changes to employment right to work checks will mean employers will soon have to use Government-certified technology to assess documents, if doing so remotely.
With effect from 1 October, employers will have to use Government-certified identity service providers (IDSPs) to conduct digital right to work checks.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic employers have been able to temporarily carry our checks using alternative means, for example video calls, instead of using original documents. These temporary measures will be removed from 3 September.
From 1 October, if an employer wished to continue using remote checks on an individual’s right to work in the UK, they must use certified IDSPs. Records of such checks must be kept by the employer for the duration of an individual’s employment and for two years thereafter.
Employers may face civil penalties of up to £20,000 per employee where they are found to be non-compliant, have any visa sponsorship rights removed and could even receive criminal convictions for failure to comply with the new guidelines.
In person right to work checks remain as previously.
You can find out more about an employer’s obligations to carry out right to work checks here.
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