Checking the Right to Work in the UK

You have an obligation as an employer to check that each of your employees has the right to work in the UK. The consequences of employing someone who does not have the right to work in the UK include fines of up to £20,000 per illegal employee and imprisonment.

There are different categories of acceptable documents for proving that an employee has a right to work in the UK. List A documents generally prove that the employee has a permanent right to work here. List B documents usually indicate that the individual is subject to immigration control and can only live and work in the UK for a limited period of time.

You may have to dismiss someone who cannot prove they have the right to work in the UK but you should not do so without first following a fair procedure.

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