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COVID-19: right to work checks

Right to work checks have been temporarily adjusted due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This is to make it easier for employers to carry them out.

As of 30 March 2020 the following temporary changes have been made:

  • checks can now be carried out over video calls
  • job applicants and existing workers can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or a mobile app, rather than sending originals
  • employers should use the Employer Checking Service if a prospective or existing employee cannot provide any of the accepted documents

Checks continue to be necessary and you must continue to check the prescribed documents listed in right to work checks: an employer’s guide.

It remains an offence to knowingly employ anyone who does not have the right to work in the UK.

For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.

For advice and information on Coronavirus for your business, please visit the Business Wales Coronavirus advice pages.

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