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Avoiding discrimination while preventing illegal working: code of practice, 2014

Guidance for employers on how to avoid discrimination when carrying out right to work checks.

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Code of practice for employers: avoiding unlawful discrimination while preventing illegal working

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Because of coronavirus (COVID-19) there are temporary changes to the way you can check documents. Read guidance about the adjusted process, including asking for documents digitally, making checks on a video call, and what to do if someone cannot provide any accepted documents.

Employers must carry out right to work checks on their employees. This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to avoid illegal discrimination when carrying out the checks.

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Published 16 May 2014
Last updated 6 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Because of coronavirus (COVID-19) there are temporary changes to the way you can check documents. Added a link to guidance about the adjusted process.

  2. added link to new online Employer Checking Service tool

  3. First published.