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Does Your Workforce Have the Right to Work in the UK?

As an employer, when you take on a new member of staff, do you know whether they have the right to work in the UK? Are you sure you have carried out the right immigration checks? Whether you’re an employer with a large workforce or a small company, this is a huge concern for any business. There are severe penalties for non-compliance with immigration checks.

If you are found to have employees who do not have the right to work in the UK, you could be fined up to £20,000 for each illegal worker or imprisoned for 5 years. Can your business afford this risk? We strongly advise that all staff are fully checked BEFORE they join your workforce.

Passports and ID cards: real or fake?

Forged passports and ID cards are becoming more sophisticated year on year, which means being able to spot fake documents is an increasingly challenging task. As a business, it’s vital your personnel are fully up to date with government guidance. What’s more, your employee checks need to be highly effective and secure to protect your business interests, as well as your reputation.

Stay compliant and avoid prosecution

At HSL, we are the only local recruitment agency to be able to offer immigration compliant workforce checks aligned to Home Office guidance. We use a system called uAuthenticate, which allows us to check and authorise over 3,000 types of identity documents. This gives you full peace of mind when it comes to the immigration status of your employees.

  • Instantly check whether employees have the right to work in the UK
  • Authenticate identity documents using a global database
  • Monitor employee immigration status and give warnings
  • Stay fully compliant with Home Office guidance
  • Avoid hefty fines and imprisonment

For more details, please watch our uAuthenticate video below:

Do you need to run checks for your workforce?

We work with many large firms across a wide range of industry sectors including logistics, automotive and engineering. When you use our recruitment services, your candidates’ immigration status will be checked using the uAuthenticate system, free of charge.

However, if you are just looking to check whether your employees have the right to work in the UK, we can help. We have three options available for our immigration checking service:

  • £25 per person
  • £20 for 50 people
  • £15 for 100 people or more

Our immigration checking service ensures you are compliant with the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999, Prevention of Illegal Working and the Immigration Acts of 2014/16, as well as the Equality Act 2010 to protect your business against any potential accusations of racial and cultural discrimination. The uAuthenticate system is continually updated in line with any changes to legislation and Home Office guidance.

If you’re worried about whether your employees have the right to work in the UK, please do not delay, contact us today! We would be happy to talk through your concerns and can offer checks for individuals or for your entire workforce. For more details on our recruitment services, please visit our Employers page.

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