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September 5 2014

Preventing Illegal Working - Changes to Right to Work Checks

Employers have a duty to prevent illegal working and are obliged to carry out prescribed document checks on individuals before they commence work to ensure they have permission to work in the UK. Employers may be liable to an increased civil penalty of up to ?20,000 for each illegal worker if they fail to carry out the necessary checks correctly, or at all, and are found to be employing someone who doesn't have the right to work in the UK. In order to avoid these penalties it is important for employers to be aware of the recent changes to the prescribed document checks.