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Changes to Right to Work checks

6th Jul 2021 / By Alistair Driver

From July 1, the process for completing right-to-work checks on EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens changed.

The following is some guidance for employers:

You will no longer be able to accept EU passports or ID cards as valid proof of right-to-work, with the exception of Irish citizens.

To carry out an online right to work check, you will need the applicant’s date of birth and their share code, which they will have obtained online. You can then complete the check online by visiting GOV.UK.

You do not need to retrospectively check the status of any EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens you employed before July 1, 2021.

You should carry out a right-to-work check for every individual you employ. You can face a civil penalty of up to ¬£20,000 for each illegally employed worker who does not have the right to work in the UK and where correct checks were not undertaken.

A collection of guidance and communication materials for employers can be found on GOV.UK.