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Saving your business £20,000
The Home Office has updated its Code of Practice on Preventing Illegal Working. This sets out the prescribed checks that employers should conduct to avoid a civil penalty in the event of illegal working.

It replaces the Code issued in May 2014 and reflects the Immigration (Restriction on Employment) (Code of Practice and Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2018, which says that employers may establish a statutory excuse against liability for an illegal working civil penalty by conducting an online right to work check. If you have inadvertently employed someone who does not have the right to work in the UK, by completing these checks you may save yourself being fined the penalty which is currently up to £20,000 for each wrongly-engaged employee.

The details for checking can be found at and the Code of Practice can be found at

This means that if you have an offer letter that describes the documents required, it will need to be updated. I will be doing this for all retained clients during March, but if you are not a retained client and would like your documentation updated, please get in touch.
Posted on 24 Feb 2019

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