Home office announces changes to right to work checks

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Earlier this year, the Home Office published its consultation on strengthening and simplifying the civil penalty scheme to prevent illegal working. It has now published its response and has announced that it is committed to the following:
  • Reducing the number of acceptable documents for right to work checks and focussing on the roll-out of biometric residence permits for non-EEA nationals;
  • Increasing the maximum penalty applied to an employer breaching the right to work checks to £20,000, up from the current £10,000; and
  • Retaining a sliding scale for civil penalties and simplifying their calculations to make them more straightforward for employers to understand.

In light of the forthcoming changes to the civil penalty scheme which can be imposed if you get the employment of migrant workers wrong, EEF is holding a “back to basics” seminar on the legal and practical aspects of business immigration in the UK in partnership with the Squire Sanders UK Business Immigration Team.

At the seminar, we will clarify which documents you need to check to ensure the right to work in the UK and advise you what to do if your employee is unable to provide evidence of their right to work. You will also receive a handy one-page checklist on key immigration compliance points which can be easily written into your recruitment policies. To book your place on this course click here

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