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Right to work

Right to Work checks are a requirement for any employer prior to commencement of service for staff. This is a non-transferrable statutory obligation enforced by the Home Office and carries risk of significant fines and even criminal prosecution if not undertaken appropriately.

The Home Office is the government body responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with Act and in cases of non-compliance the employer can face fines and potential criminal convictions with the employer and employee both held responsible. At minimum the checks that should be conducted on Right to Work documents are - viewing originals, attesting to authenticity of those at the time and signing & dating to confirm as such. Whilst most employers will probably leave it at that, it doesn’t account for preventing potential document fraud and forgery so we would always recommend including an MRZ check, Amberhill, and a check of the PRADO database for EEA documents.

Right to Work checks are a fundamental element of screening regardless of whatever other checks you conduct, additional guidance can be found here.

This check is included in the following buy-online products:

Prevent (BPSS)

The Prevent package is an entry-level screening designed for low risk roles. A simple and efficient process that gives you peace of mind that your checks are compliant with UK law and the BPSS standard.

Protect (BS7858)

The Protect package is a robust screening level, based on the BS7858 government industry standard. Ideal for organisations in sectors, including the finance industry, communications, energy and government departments where standards of background checking are expected to be met.


The Secure package is designed specifically for high risk, senior and management roles. A thorough screening package suitable for all industries and sectors, inclusive of directorship and sanctions checks. Build a complete picture of a candidate, protect your company and mitigate the risk of fraud and reputational damage.


The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) package is designed for all firms authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA). Such organisations include any Financial Conduct Authority-regulated organisations, such as UK-incorporated banks, building societies and credit unions as well as Prudential Regulation Authority-regulated investment banks and insurers.

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