GLAA briefing on Right to Work checks

GLAA briefing on Right to Work checks

28 Jul 2021

Issue 72 Brief contains updated information and supersedes the previous version issued in June 2021.

The UK has left the European Union (EU) and the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Act 2020 ended free movement in the UK on 31 December 2020. From 1 January 2021, the UK introduced a points-based immigration system and anyone looking for employment in the UK must now meet certain requirements and apply for permission before commencing work.

In order to prevent any illegal working, employers are required to undertake some simple right to work checks before they employ someone. This is to ensure that the individual’s immigration status does not preclude them from carrying out the work they are employed to carry out.

This Brief explains how to check a worker’s right to work from 1 July 2021 and how the GLAA will check compliance with the new rules.

If you have any queries, please contact the GLAA helpline on 0345 602 5020 or email