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New guidance for employers carrying out right-to-work checks

11 April 2014

UK employers are under a duty to check certain documents prior to the commencement of employment, in order to assist in the prevention of illegal working. However, carrying out inappropriate checks can leave you open to claims of discrimination.

In order to provide guidance on the requirements for carrying out such checks in a way which aims to avoid complaints of discrimination, the Government has recently published a new draft code of practice. The draft code is particularly focussed on helping employers achieve a fair and transparent recruitment process.

The final version of the code is expected later this month. Its recommendations will become best practice and therefore it is important that employers become familiar with the code and its recommendations.

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