Digital right to work checks – October deadline!

Right to work checks are in place to stop employers hiring staff who are not permitted to work in the UK.

From 1st October you must use a certified identity service provider (IDSP) to perform a digital right to work check if you are not going to be doing them in person. They use identity document validation technology to ensure documents are genuine.

This may result in a change of process for you when hiring, and it is important to make sure you have done this by 1st October.

Failure to comply can result in civil penalties of up to £20,000 per non-compliant check, loss of the option to sponsor work visa applications for foreign nationals and even criminal convictions in serious cases.

You must keep records for two years after an employee has left the business.

The list of certified IDSPs can be found at: