Right to Work in the UK is a simple process – ?

Compliance for Right to Work in the UK

You've set up your company, you're growing and you are employing people. Your systems are bang up to date; you've a new upgraded accountancy package; payroll is rocking and HMRC are happy; you've got an HR system so your references, development needs, education, health and safety are all taken care of. All are big ticks but, what did you do with your Right to Work in the UK process?

Home Office three steps to Right to Work in the UK complianceChances are that you are still photocopying, signing/dating and filing the results in a cabinet.
Perhaps you're scanning those Right to Work documents using a flatbed scanner.
Then after you've checked you upload them to your HR system / folder on your servers. Now provided the documents that you've seen:

  • are real
  • belong to the individual
  • are saved in an un-editable format

Then, you have followed the Home Office Right to Work in the UK guidance and should have a statutory excuse.
Get it wrong and you risk a fine of up to £20,000 per illegal, maybe a prison sentence and the ensuing reputational damage when your name gets published by the UKVI. In reality how confident would you be with a surprise inspection from the UKVI?

fake documents for cashThe availability of good quality forged documents is on the increase. Consequently the risk of employing a person presenting fakes is also on the increase. Various articles and studies have suggested indicative costs for fake documents. They include 50 for a French ID card, £600 for a Biometric card to £3,000 for a good UK passport.
Whilst the good quality fakes may not attract a penalty they may still involve adverse publicity following an inspection by the UKVI.

The future is here to help with your Right to Work compliance

So you've revamped your HR systems, Accounting packages, Client/Candidate Management solutions etc.  Did you know that you could use technology to streamline your Right to Work Process?

Right to Work in the UK simplifiedWe've removed the manual nature of the traditional Right to Work in the UK compliance checking process.

We've taken the Home Office guidance and combined this with passport scanners just like the ones used at airports and border control points.

This presents you with an effective use of technology which when followed will give you a statutory excuse.

Wouldn't you like to know that your Right to Work compliance is as controlled as it can be?

Why not take a look at uAuthenticate and if it looks interesting give us a call on 01707 800840 or send an email to enquires@ucomply.co.uk we'd love to hear from you.

Ensure all who receive treatment are eligble

Doctors and nurses can provide valid treatmentIf someone is suddenly caught ill or has an accident then we should do all we can do to help. If you visit other countries (we’ve all heard the stories where wallets are examined before treatment is applied) typical questions before treatment is given are:

  • Do you have insurance?
  • What’s your health policy number?
  • Have you got an EHIC card?
  • Can you afford to pay – do you have any credit cards?

In my view our national institution the NHS who provide free treatment for all regardless of their circumstances should not be abused.

So what is happening?

The governmentFollow the guidance in the Immigration Act as a part of the Immigration ACT in 2014 introduced guidance around implementing overseas visitor hospital charging, technically a framework for the NHS to charge for treatment in the UK. There is some confusion as to how charges will be applied.

A summary extract from the guidance document begins to detail how charges are meant to be levied. “A relevant NHS body must only make and recover charges when it determines that the patient is not entitled to free NHS hospital care. The obligation to undertake reasonable enquiries is an important part of the duty to make and recover charges from overseas visitors, and:

  • ensures that patients who are not ordinarily resident in the UK are identified
  • assesses liability for charges in accordance with the Charging Regulations
  • charges those liable to pay in accordance with the Charging Regulations
  • recovers payment from those liable to pay”

Immigration Minister Mark Harper said “The Immigration Bill will stop migrants abusing public services to which they are not entitled, reduce the pull factors which draw illegal immigrants to the UK and make it easier to remove people who should not be here”.

These things take time to evolve but recently the press has had a field day drawing attention to health tourists. Yet another administrative burden, or is it a way of protecting the NHS?

I personally am convinced that these controls are vital and managed by support staff not the nurses and doctors. Our health professionals should be focussing on treatment not the checking the patients residency status. What do you think?

Validate proof of ID with technology

Happily our solution uAuthenticate  simplifies the process and at the same time protects your own workforce.


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Operation magnify, ConstructionRight to Work compliance is important for all businesses in the UK. The UK Government continues its focus on illegal workers, over-stayers and rogue employers.

During the last quarter in 2015 the Home Office ran a themed approach on specific sectors called ‘Operation Magnify’ where they targeted companies employing ‘lower-skilled’ labour (i.e. Construction sites, Care Homes and Cleaning companies) ensuring Right to Work compliance and checking processes were in place for the identification of potential illegal workers.

In one week alone over 150 companies where visited, over 250 arrests made and fines in excess of £600,000 were issued.

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Who’s at risk?

With an extensive background in the recruitment industry (over 25 years) I am familiar with the use of Personal Service Companies (PSC) and Umbrellas in the industry. When it comes to checking that the individual supplied to the end user client has the right to work in the UK, who has that responsibility?

In the case of a PSC it could well be argued that it is the responsibility of the limited company concerned. But, let’s not kid ourselves here – is an illegal worker who sets up their own PSC going to check their own right to work documents?

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