Workers legally allowed to work in UK

Employers are expected to carry out checks to ensure that people on their sites are legally able to work in the UK. 

Employers should be implementing the following process:

  • Obtain original versions of the various documents allowed/required, which would often include a passport;
  • Check all of the documents validity in front of the person concerned;
  • Make and retain copies of the various documents and keep a record of when this was done.

Beyond that the following points are relevant:

  • Checking that the dates are valid and that they are not expired in relation to the person’s right to work;
  • Photos, dates of birth etc are the same across all documents;
  • That the type of work matches the permissions they have (this applies where they are not an EU citizen).

Click below to access the UK government’s guide for employers.

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UK Government, 2015


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