Right to work checks after 1st July 2021
Employers have a responsibility to carry out right to work checks on employees to ensure that they have immigration permission to work in the UK to prevent illegal working.
In another post, we talk about the UK government right to work checks that are in place for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals living and working in the UK. At the moment, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals can use their passport and national ID to prove their right to work in the UK.
On 1st January 2021 new rules came into play for everyone, including EU nationals residing and working in the UK. If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who has been living in the UK before 31st December 2020, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to allow you to continue living and working in the UK. The deadline for applying is 30th June 2021.
After this date, new rules will apply to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals when proving their right to work in the UK. Nationals will no longer be able to use their passport or national ID to satisfy the right to work checks.
In order for employers to check a person’s right to work details, they will need to verify this online by using the job applicant’s date of birth and a share code. Employers will be able to find out the applicant’s eligibility in terms of the type of work they can do and how long they can work for in the UK.
Should you have any queries regarding the above information or if you require assistance with your corporate, employment or immigration matter, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at email@example.com or by telephone +44(0) 20 3318 5794.
The information provided does not amount to legal advice.