It has been recently reported that many employers are unaware of their duty to check the right to work of their employees and of the consequences of illegal working in the UK.
It is illegal to employ someone aged 16 or over without the right to work in the UK. The Home Office imposes a duty on all employers in the UK to complete a ‘right to work’ check on their employees, even when they are a British citizen. There is now closer cooperation and coordination between the Home Office and other government agencies (eg HMRC) to detect illegal working. Failure to conduct checks in the right manner, together with a finding of illegal working can have disastrous consequences on the employer (both the business and individuals within the business who are involved with the hiring of staff) and the employee.