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Right to Work Scheme COVID-19 Adjusted Checks – Update

Continuing with our updates, we wanted to make sure that everyone we work with are mindful that the adjustments to right to work checks, which were introduced on 30th March 2020 will now come to an end on 30th September 2022.  

This is important as that from 1st October 2022 you must carry out one of the checks as set out in the Right to work checks.

1)        Undertake a manual right to work check – checking documentation; 

2)        Undertake a right to work check using IDVT via the services of an identity service provider (IDSP)

3)        Undertake a Home Office online right to work check.

The government website found at www.gov.uk has useful commentary and information such as ‘An Employer’s Guide before employment commences.’ Which can address other issues or questions that can arise when looking to be compliant with the requirements as of 1st October 2022.

One of the helpful aspects for using the Home Office online checking service, is that by using this method you do not need to check physical documents and can be carried over ways which the majority of us are now familiar following covid times, such as by way of video call.

This is because the right to work information is provided in real time direct from Home Office systems which also gives many of the business we work with reassurance that the check is valid. 

Frequently asked question

Please note a common question we are asked is about whether there is a requirement to carry out retrospective checks for employees who had a COVID-19 adjusted check between 30th March 2020 and 30th September 2022. Luckily, there is no specific requirement to carry out retrospective checks in those circumstances as long as the checks were undertaken in the standard manner previously set out or as set out in the COVID-19 adjusted checks guidance.

These checks remain important as ever as it is an offence to work illegally in the UK and hopefully with this reminder, we can ensure that all that we work with are mindful of this aspect of employment. To continue to ensure all employees have lawful immigration status in the UK to work, to avoid enforcement action / and fines and protect your business. 

Further information can be found on GOV.UK at: 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-right-to-work-checks 

If you have questions as to how this might impact your employees, then please do not hesitate to contact your designated HR Advisor.  Alternatively, you can call 01427 420 403 or email hr@skaltd.co.uk