Right-to-work checks are a vital part of the hiring process. It’s not just crucial for the company’s peace of mind, but to ensure legal compliance, as failure to do so can result in heavy fines. It’s a time-consuming but necessary task that can take employers away from the day-to-day running of their business.

By working with Pebble Contracting, however, you don’t need to worry about this. As industry experts in providing payroll admin and payroll solutions, we’re more than happy to help. Let’s look at what is needed from both sides before we discuss how we can support you in this.

How Employers Can Do Right To Work Checks

Conducting a right-to-work check can be a difficult and time-consuming process, but it’s relatively straightforward. You’ll need to obtain multiple documents from a potential hire while checking to ensure they’re eligible to work in the United Kingdom. Alongside that is keeping copies of these records, in case they’re needed in the future.

When you’re checking these documents, you should check that:

  • The documents are genuine and unaltered
  • Information is consistent across all documentation
  • The applicant is eligible to perform the work you’re offering
  • The documentation isn’t expired
  • Photos are the same across all documentation

Should a potential employee not be able to provide this documentation, you’ll need to contact the Home Office to check the applicant’s immigration status. In doing so, you’ll find out whether you can offer them the position.

There are three basic steps in carrying out this check:

  • Check the Home Office website with the information the applicant provides
  • Satisfy yourself regarding their work eligibility
  • If eligible, make a copy of their documentation and offer them the role

What Potential Employees Should Do

Potential employees don’t need to do much when a right-to-work check is being carried out. Instead, they can provide one of three things so their potential employer can perform the check, including:

  • A biometric residence permit number
  • A passport or national identity number
  • A biometric residence card number.

They should also make sure they’re legally able to perform the work they’re applying for. If they are, then nothing more is needed, but there may be issues if they’re unable to perform this work.

How We Can Help

Regardless of whether you know how to carry out right-to-work checks, it’s something you’ll need to do. You’ll also need to make sure it’s done right. We know that this can be complicated and time-consuming for clients. As it carries penalties if incorrect or worse, not doing it at all, it’s something you’ll want to get right the first time.

With Pebble Contracting, you can rest assured that’s the case. As industry leaders, we handle everything related to your workers. We understand that carrying out right-to-work checks alongside everything else can be a headache you don’t need. What’s stopping you from taking the stress out of your employee hiring and management?

Get in touch and let us help you.

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