During the COVID-19 pandemic, the government introduced digital ways for employers to check employee’s right to work in the UK because of the difficulties associated with manually checking documents. These arrangements ended on 30 September 2022. New digital right to work checks, using ‘identification document validation technology’ (IDVT), became available for employees with valid British or Irish passports from 6 April 2022. Employers can use a ‘identity service provider’ (IDSP) to carry out this check, although they remain responsible for checking the identity of the employee and retaining the record for the duration of employment plus two years. From 1 October, employers will need to either:
- Carry out a manual check by physically meeting with the employee to check and copy their original documentation.
- Appoint an ‘identification service provider’ (IDSP) to check the passport of the employee on behalf of the employer.