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Right to Work

It is critical for your HR team to understand the UK’s illegal working regime so your business can avoid civil penalties, criminal liability, and reputational damage.

We offer a range of services and tools designed to ensure that you understand the law and that you have the necessary systems in place to carry out compliant manual, online and digital right to work checks. We can also help you to protect your business from discrimination or unfair dismissal claims while seeking to prevent illegal working.

Our solutions for illegal working include:

  • Toolkits – an overview of the illegal working regime, how to carry out manual, online and digital right to work checks and top tips for avoiding pitfalls
  • Training – practical, in-depth sessions delivered by our expert immigration lawyers and tailored to the structure of your workforce and business, with lots of opportunity for you to get your questions answered

Onsite and virtual support

Members of our sponsor compliance unit are able to carry out a mock audit of your HR and recruitment processes, either at your offices or remotely. We spot check your personnel files to look behind the systems in place and see where they may fall down. You will be given a detailed report after the visit with helpful recommendations.

To download our Right to Work brochure, click here.

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