Another one bites the dust….

Is it deliberate non-compliance, ignorance or other reasons, some employers do not carry out “Right to Work” checks.  Thanks to the CIPP for sharing this latest non-compliance case, involving Mr. Ahmed, a restaurant owner in Chichester.  Whilst there was of course a penalty involved of £15,000 it was during an insolvency investigation the non-payment of the fine, issued by the Home Office previously was discovered.  This gentleman not only had financial implications, but due to the insolvency investigation was issued with a disqualification.  This means Mr. Ahmed, ex-director is prevented from directly or indirectly becoming involved in the promotion, formation of any management of a limited company until at the earliest, July 2023; high price to pay for not meeting employment obligations!

You can read the full press release here. 

It is important to remember, even when using a payroll service provider it is the employer’s responsibility to carry out “Right to Work” checks.  If you need help you can speak to the payroll team here at Armstrong Watson, or have a look at the latest guidance.

If your company is in need of the help of insolvency experts, please seek assistance to help support you through difficult times.  You can find more information here.

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  • What a right to work check is
  • Why you need to do right to work checks
  • Whose documents you should check
  • How to carry out checks
  • When to carry out initial checks, follow-up checks and what happens under TUPE
  • What documents are acceptable

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