In-person right to work checks delayed until 21 June

12 May 2021

The mandatory reinstatement of face-to-face right to work checks as opposed to digital checks has been delayed until 21 June 2021, as opposed to the originally intended date of 17 May 2021.

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) confirmed the news, which comes following campaigning by the groups, alongside other stakeholders.

A letter was submitted to the Home Secretary, which stated that various employment groups felt that the previous deadline was “unreasonable” and “unrealistic from an operational point of view” due to the safety compliance procedures that need to be implemented. Additionally, the letter reasoned that digital right to work checks should be allowed on a permanent basis, as this would ensure a “more agile and robust process” behind getting people into work, which would be in clear alignment with the Government’s post-coronavirus “build back better” agenda.

The Home Office is yet to confirm this in writing, but as soon as an announcement is made, updates will be provided in News Online, and also across the CIPP’s social media platforms.

CIPP comment

Has the digital right to work check process impacted your team specifically, or even the wider business? Do you think that the digital checks should be a permanent option? Please submit your views and feedback to the Policy team, at [email protected].

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