COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks process extended from 16 May 2021 to 20 June 2021

News  |   19 May 2021

Written by
Sibel Vurdu, Solicitor

The COVID-19 adjusted right to work check process which applied until 16 May 2021 has now been extended and will remain in place until 20 June 2021.

The adjusted process enables employers to temporarily carry out right to work checks over video calls and permits employers to accept scanned copies of identity documents rather than originals.

Employers are not required to carry out retrospective checks on employees employed between 30 March 2020 and 20 June 2021 (inclusive) once the adjusted right to work checks ends after 20 June 2021. It does mean that from 21 June 2021 employers will need to revert back to face-to-face and physical document checks as set out in existing legislation and guidance.

This extension was designed to align right to work check processes with the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures for England.


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