Right to Work Checks - Update August 2022

Posted in : Supplementary Articles NI on 16 August 2022
Rob Tubman
A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland LLP
Issues covered: Immigration; Digital Checks


Employers are required by law to take steps to prevent illegal working. In practice, the best way to do this is to carry out right to work checks on all prospective employees, in the prescribed manner set out by the Home Office. Employers who do this correctly will obtain a statutory excuse against penalties in the event that an employee is subsequently found to be working illegally.

Failing to carry out right to work checks properly - or at all - or knowingly employing illegal workers can leave businesses liable to fines and/or civil penalties. Employers who hold a sponsor licence face having it revoked and a mandatory 12-month period before they can re-apply.

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This article is correct at 16/08/2022

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Rob Tubman
A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland LLP

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