Right to work checks

UK businesses lost almost £50million in civil penalties for illegal working in the year to July 2016, according to figures sourced from a Freedom of Information request to the Home Office.

2,943 initial civil penalties costing £49,472,500 were issued between July 2015 and July 2016. This number does not include second or further penalties. This suggests that UK businesses are struggling to remain compliant with complex and time-consuming pre-employment screening.

Right to Work checks are often performed by inexpert hiring managers, if they are performed at all, meaning that sophisticated document fraud is overlooked and records lost or damaged. Employers need to ensure that right to work checks are conducted consistently and that records are maintained appropriately so that they can demonstrate that they checked all staff at the point of recruitment. These statistics show that the cost of failing to follow the correct procedure is expensive!

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