Adjusted Right to Work checks end

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From 17th May, employers will need to return to conducting in-person right to work checks, the government has announced, as temporary changes made to accommodate remote checks during the coronavirus pandemic come to an end.

The latest updated guidance from the Home Office states that from 17th May, employers will be required to either check the applicant’s original documents, or check the applicant’s right to work online if they have given you a share code.

The government also acknowledged that some individuals may still struggle to show evidence of their right to work in the UK because of the impact of the pandemic and has urged employers to “take extra care to ensure no-one is discriminated against as a job applicant or employee because they are unable to show you their documents”.

During the adjustments made for Covid-19, employers could ask applicants to submit a scanned copy or photo of their original documents via email or using a mobile app and then arrange a video call to see the original document.

Employers will not need to carry out retrospective checks on anyone who had a Covid-19 adjusted check between 30th March 2020 – when the allowances started – and 16th May 2021.

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