Further Extension to the Temporary Adjustments for Right to Work Checks
In April and May, we commented on the Government’s decision to end the temporary adjustments to right to work checks. These were initially extended to 16 May 2021 and then to 20 June 2021. However, it was likely to be the case that if lockdown wasn’t eased on 21 June 2021 that these temporary adjustments would be extended further.
This has proved to be the case, with the Government now confirming that following the delay to the date for the easing of lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures, the temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks will now end on 31 August 2021.
As a result of this extension:
Until 31 August 2021:
- Checks can be carried out over video calls
- Job applicants and existing workers can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using e-mail or a mobile phone app, rather than sending original documents; and
- Employers should use the Government’s Employer Checking Service if a prospective or existing employee cannot provide any of the accepted documents
From 1 September 2021, employers will need to either:
- Check the original documentation; or
- Check the right to work service providing the individual gives the employer their share code.
If you need any further assistance on right to work checks, please contact Matt Jenkin.