Useful Information Regarding COVID-19 Right to Work Checks

A recent update has been released via the government website to outline that the temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks will now end on 20th June 2021, and from 21st June 2021 employers will revert to face to face and physical document checks as set out in legislation and guidance.

This is aligned with the easing of lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures, as set out in the government’s roadmap

The following temporary changes were made on 30th March 2020 and remain in place until 20th June 2021:

  • Right to work checks can currently be carried out over video calls
  • Job applicants and existing workers can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or a mobile app, rather than sending originals
  • Checks continue to be necessary

The temporary adjustments to Right to Work checks due to COVID-19 are ending.
From 21st June 2021 you must either:

  • check the applicant’s original documents, or
  • check the applicant’s right to work online, if they’ve given you their share code

Retrospective checks do not need to be carried out on those who had a COVID-19 adjusted check between 30th March 2020 and 20th June 2021.

We hope you find this information useful, and that it is something that you can use and share with your colleagues within your organisation.

Click here to see the full details of the Right to Work adjustments.

If you would like any more information on the above or have any questions, please either reach out to myself or contact your lead consultant. To get in touch, please email or call us on 03305 552233!

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