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Further updated guidance on Right to Work checks

13th May 2021

Updated guidance on temporary adjustments to right to work checks

We recently published a latest news article regarding the end of temporary adjustments to right to work checks.

Initially the government had announced that temporary changes to right to work checks made on 30 March 2020 due to the pandemic would cease after 16 May 2021.

On 12 May, however, the government announced that the temporary changes will now cease after 20 June 2021, and from 21 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 for England and those of the devolved administrations.

HR customers can access updated guidance here.

Deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme  

With less than 50 days to go until the deadline of 30 June 2021 for applications to be made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) the Home Office has issued a reminder that all EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, should apply so that they can continue to work, study, and access free healthcare and benefits in the UK after 30 June 2021.

As an employer it is not your responsibility to make sure your EU employees have applied, but you can play a role by reminding them of the approaching deadline and cascading the information in the employer toolkit available on GOV.UK.

Employers  will not need to carry out retrospective right to work checks on existing employees after the 30 June 2021 deadline. However, from 1 July, any new EU, EEA and Swiss employees that you hire will need to demonstrate their right to work either with the pre-settled or settled status, or with a visa under the points-based immigration system.