Employers in the UK are responsible for ensuring that individuals they employ have the legal right to work. Failure to do so could lead to heavy penalties and fines.
To ensure you only employ people who are legally allowed to work here, our work eligibility and residency verification service performs a visual analysis of both the physical and logical components of the document. We also check document identity numbers against official algorithms and/or databases to ensure their validity.
If you do not carry out these checks you may be liable to a fine of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker employed by you. You could face up to two years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine if you knowingly employ an illegal worker.
Your duty as an employer – the law
Under the 2006 Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act you have a duty to confirm that a person has the right to work in the UK, and prevent illegal working, by carrying out document checks.
Do you know the 12 month re-checking rule?
There are two lists of acceptable documents for proving someone’s right to work:
- List A: Documents that show an ongoing right to work; and
- List B: Documents which show a right to work for up to 12 months.
If the person you are employing provides a specified document or combination of documents from list B, then you must carry out repeat checks at least once every 12 months to ensure your employee still has the right to work in the UK until the employee produces a specified document from list A.
If you use our Right to Work check, we will advise you on whether or not a recheck will be required and schedule it as necessary.