Fines for Employers Overlooking Right to Work set to Triple

27 September

On 7th August 2023, the Home Secretary announced a substantial forthcoming increase in civil penalties for Employers who do not diligently verify the Right to Work status of their candidates. The proposed legislation will be introduced to Parliament in the Autumn, with the expected implementation in early 2024.

For recruiters, initial breaches could encounter fines of up to £45,000 per worker – a threefold increase from the previous amendment in 2014. Repeat violations will carry even steeper penalties, reaching a maximum of £60,000.

By adopting digital identity verification technology (IDVT) with a certified identity service provider, employers can ensure compliance with the latest Right to Work regulations. Opting for a certified digital provider will ensure your checks are conducted to the highest standard and follow the latest regulation. This will protect businesses from hefty fines and reputational damage.

Hales Group operate a robust Right to Work Verification process, overseen by our Compliance & Administration Manager, Cathy Gummett. For more information on our process or if you have questions relating to Right to Work Verification please contact


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