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UK Government Announces Tripling of fines for those failing Right to Work Checks

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Update: As of Tuesday, February 13th 2024 this change to the UK’s  Legislation has come into effect. This means that any employer found guilty of complying with the UK’s Right to Work law will see their first breach fine increase to £45,000, and each recurring violation increasing to £60,000.


The UK Government has announced that businesses that fail to comply with the UK’s Right to Work obligations will see the maximum civil penalty (Fines) they can receive increase by over 75%

What’s changing?

The Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, has announced that fines are to be more than tripled for employers found to be employing illegal workers in the UK.

We’ve got a handy breakdown of what the new increases look like below:

  • For a business’s first breach of the rules, the fine will increase from £20,000 to £45,000 per illegal worker.
  • For businesses with recurring violations, if they are identified as hiring illegal workers beyond the first penalty, their fines will escalate to £60,000 for each illegal employee.

This new announcement comes as part of the government’s broader crackdown on illegal workers in the UK.

What action do you need to take?

If your business is compliant with your Right to Work checks, you will not need to take any action. However, the announcement provides the perfect opportunity to ensure that your business conducts its Right to Work checks diligently and in line with Home Office guidance.

Rightcheck Customers – Here’s what you need to know

As a government-approved IDSP provider, Rightcheck users don’t need to act to be compliant, as our software allows them to remain compliant by empowering them with the ability to:

  • Conduct Right to Work checks on all employees.
  • Create a downloadable audit trail at the click of a button.
  • Generate automatic flagging of expiry dates, reminding you to scan new documents.‍

Need more support?

With the new fines set to increase by 75%, it’s now more important than ever to ensure your business has a Government-approved IDSP provider who can provide you with an easy and complete IDVT solution.

With Rightcheck, you can join thousands of HR professionals and business owners who have adopted and trust Rightcheck to conduct their Right to Work checks whenever and wherever their business needs dictate.

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For questions regarding these changes and their impacts, don’t hesitate to contact our Right To Work Specialists at info@rightcheck.io or 02476 158 830.

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