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Navigating New Right to Work Laws & How We Can Help

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Navigating New Right to Work Laws & How We Can Help

In a landscape of constantly evolving employment laws, keeping abreast of legislative changes is vital for your business. As experts in vetting and pre-employment screening, we're here to keep you informed and compliant.

Proof of Right to Work Legislation Changes

The Home Office recently announced significant updates regarding the proof of Right to Work in the UK. These changes are not just administrative; they reflect a broader commitment to ensuring secure and compliant workplace practices.

Statement from the Minister for Immigration, Robert Jenrick: "Enhancing measures against illegal working is critical to discourage hazardous irregular migration. It's imperative to disrupt the operations of those exploiting vulnerable individuals. Employers and landlords are key in this effort."

What's Changing?

Beginning in 2024, the UK government will raise the maximum fine for illegal employment from £20,000 to £60,000, with the starting penalty for a first offense increasing from £15,000 to £45,000 per illegal worker.

This legislative shift emphasises strengthening the right-to-work verification process. The aim is to protect businesses from legal and reputational risks, with unchanged criminal penalties, including up to five years of imprisonment for knowingly employing someone without the right to work.

Employers can avoid civil penalties by establishing a statutory excuse through proper right-to-work checks as per Home Office guidelines. This includes keeping accurate records and conducting follow-up checks for employees with time-limited immigration permissions.

What Do Employers Need to Do?

Employers are advised to review their current recruitment practices and right-to-work checking processes to minimise the risk of incurring penalties. They should also ensure those who are responsible for conducting right-to-work checks are trained to do so and fully understand the requirements. 

Robert Jenrick's warning: "Ignorance is not a defence. With the upcoming tougher penalties, it's vital to conduct appropriate checks."

How Our Vetting & Pre-Employment Screening Services Can Assist

Understanding and implementing these changes can be daunting. That's where our services come into play. Our vetting and pre-employment screening solutions are designed to seamlessly integrate these legislative updates, ensuring your hiring process remains both compliant and efficient.

Key Benefits of Our Services:

  • Compliance Assurance: Stay aligned with the latest legal requirements, avoiding potential fines and legal challenges.

  • Efficient Processes: Our streamlined approach reduces the time and complexity involved in vetting candidates.

  • Peace of Mind: With our expertise, you can be confident that your new hires are fully authorised and verified to work in the UK.

Adapting to Change, Together

In the wake of these legislative updates, it's more important than ever to review and potentially revise your current screening practices. Our team is here to guide you through these changes, ensuring your processes are up-to-date and fully compliant.

For more detailed insights on the legislative changes and how we can assist, contact Kerri Rankin for an informal discussion. 

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