In March 2020, the Home Office issued advice for employers carrying out Right to Work checks during the coronavirus pandemic. The Home Office made it clear that checks could be carried out over video calls as a temporary measure, and existing workers could send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or a mobile app, rather than sending originals.
It also advised employers to use the Home Office Employer Checking Service if a prospective or existing employee was unable provide any of the accepted documents.
The Home Office stressed that checks continued to be necessary and warned employers that they must continue to check the prescribed documents as it is an offence to knowingly employ anyone who does not have the right to work in the UK.
The temporary adjustments introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic were set to end on 16 May 2021 with that date later revised, first to 21 June 2021 and then to 31 August 2021.
The Home Office has now announced that the end date for the temporary adjusted checking processes has been changed again with the period extended until 5 April 2022.
Failure to carry out Right to Work Checks can result in fines up to £20,000 per ANY unchecked employee and so, it is crucial for employers to be routinely carrying out checks on ALL new recruits when an offer of employment is made.
You can find a handy Right to Work Checklist on our website.