Carry out a right to work check: a 3 step guide

A 3-step guide to checking and keeping a record of your employees' documents.


How to carry out a right to work check

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This diagram explains how to take the necessary steps to check whether an employee has the right to work in the UK.

The illegal-working penalties collection includes all documents for employers on preventing illegal working.

Published 16 May 2014
Last updated 30 June 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance.
  2. Updated guide for Right to Work checks.
  3. First published.