Employment Law Update - Right to work checks

18 December 2018

On 14 December 2018 the Government announced a new online right to work checking service.

This service is designed to be used to check the right to work of individuals who have settled or pre-settled status under the new settled status scheme for EU nationals. However, it can also be used to check the right to work of other migrants if they have a biometric residence permit.  

It works in a similar way to checks on driving licences, in that the migrant will register and obtain a special code, which they then share with their (prospective) employer. The employer uses the code and the individual’s date of birth to check their right to work status.

The announcement says that it “will also make it simpler for UK nationals without British passports to demonstrate their citizenship by enabling them to use short birth or adoption certificates, which they can get for free, instead of the long versions”. However the right to work check guidance for employers has not yet been updated to confirm this.

For more information see: www.gov.uk/government/news/online-right-to-work-checks.

For further information please contact Clare Hedges or Janice Leggett in our Immigration Team.

This article is from the December 2018 issue of Employment Law Update, our monthly newsletter on employment legislation and regulation. To download the latest issue, please visit the newsletter section of our website. Law covered as at December 2018.

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