Understanding your future employees right to work in the UK

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With penalties of up to £20,000 per illegal worker it is essential that those making the hiring decisions in your company are fully compliant with Right to Work legislation. Regardless of industry or sector, ensuring that your workers have the right to work here is essential. Failure to do so could have catastrophic consequences for your company both immediately and in the future.

As an employer it is your duty to ensure that your employees are legally entitled to work in the UK. You need to not only check, but also copy and retain, certain original government issued documents. But documents can be forged and or counterfeit, and many employers find the process of right to work checks difficult and fraught with the risk of mistakes.

Some people are automatically entitled to work in the UK, including British citizens and certain EU citizens, others may have restrictions on how long they can stay here or the type of work they can do.

With the current immigration climate subject to change, particularly post Brexit, is it essential that companies ensure that they fully understand the standing legislation to satisfy compliance and mitigate the risk of legal action.

Employing illegal immigrants does not only pose a legal problem, but could also put your company reputation at risk, which might put off future customers and employees. A temporary halting of business, and therefore loss of profit, because of an investigation or even a raid from immigration enforcement officers, is expensive and unpleasant for all involved.

Security Watchdog offer training workshops both on and off site which can help ensure that your HR personnel understand their responsibilities surrounding eligibility to work in the UK, are fully trained in the necessary procedures of hiring staff from outside the EEA and how to check for false documentation.