Right to Work Checks: An Employer’s Guide

As an employer, carrying out a right to work check on every new hire is a legal obligation. But with the latest legislation around these checks released in October 2022, many employers are struggling to keep up-to-date with the requirements.

And despite these changing rules, there is little room for error. The UK government can impose heavy sanctions on businesses found guilty of breaching illegal working rules - so it’s vital that all organizations are clear with their obligations around new hires.

This guide explores everything you need to know about right to work checks: the processes you need to follow, the documents you need to request, and the penalties you might face for non-compliance.

In this report, we discuss:

- What are the types of right to work checks?

- What happens if no right to to work checks are carried out?

- When should you carry out right to work check?

- Are follow-up checks necessary?

- How do you carry out a right to work check?

- What's an employee checking service?

- What's so important about a right to work checklist?

- What's an online right to work check?

- What's a manual right to work check?

- What's a digital right to work check?

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Why should employers check the background of potential employees?

Many industries have compliance-related employment check requirements. And even if your industry doesn’t, remember that your staff have access to assets and data that must be protected. When you employ a new staff member you need to be certain that they have the best interests of your business at heart. Carrying out comprehensive background checking helps mitigate risk and ensures a safer hiring decision.

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What does a background check show?

Background checks not only provide useful insights into a candidate’s work history, skills and education, but they can also offer richer detail into someone’s personality and character traits. This gives you a huge advantage when considering who to hire. Background checking also ensures that candidates are legally allowed to carry out certain roles, failed criminal and credit checks could prevent them from working with vulnerable people or in a financial function.

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