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Digital Identity: The Covid-Adjusted Right to Work Checks Deadline.

Date Published: September 29, 2022 | Last Updated: February 16, 2024 | By Jessica Veal

The deadline for the end of the Covid-adjusted Right to Work checks is fast approaching.

Earlier this year, as part of the response to the pandemic, the Government updated Right to Work guidance for employers in the UK. With this, came the introduction of a new digital identity scheme, allowing employers to remotely verify candidates, using a certified Identity Service Provider (IDSP). As a result of the success of this scheme, it’ll fully replace the covid-adjusted measures on 01 October 2022.

The end date for the temporary adjusted checks had previously been deferred to 30 September 2022. The date was deferred following the government’s announcement enabling the use of identification document validation technology (IDVT) from 6 April 2022 by employers carrying out digital checks on British and Irish citizens who hold a valid passport.

This new date has been put in place to ensure that employers have had sufficient time to develop the appropriate relationships with IDSPs, whilst updating their processes and onboarding their chosen provider as appropriate. According to the government, it has also provided sufficient time to put measures in place to enable face to face document checks if employers do not wish to adopt digital checks for British and Irish citizens with a valid passport (or Irish passport card).

What does this mean for businesses?

From 01 October 2022, employers must carry out one of the prescribed checks before employment commences, as set out in guidance.

These checks are:

  1. A manual right to work check
  2. A right to work check using IDVT through the services of an identity service provider (IDSP)
  3. A Home Office online right to work check

According to the government, conducting any of these checks will provide employers with a statutory excuse which is a defence against a civil penalty.

If you, as a business, choose option no.2, you’ll be conducting a digital to work check. This’ll bring a slightly updated onboarding method to your Human Resources team.

How can Accurate support my business?

We’ve partnered with Yoti to integrate digital identification verification into our portal. Digital Identity is helping make it safer and easier for people to prove who they are. And for Candidates going through an employment screening exercise with us, it’s speeding up the route to onboarding and making it easier than ever to complete the process.

Digital ID with Accurate offers a succinct solution to employers wishing to explore digital identity. See below the step-by-step process for HR departments onboarding UK and Irish Nationals who hold valid passports.

We understand some Candidates might not want or be able to use the Yoti app. That’s no problem. Digital ID verification isn’t mandatory and our online portal will give you the option to go through a manual ID verification process if you’d prefer to do so.

Where can I find more information?

  • Our teams have been working extensively to bring Digital Identity to our global client base.
  • Head to our contact page to get in touch with our experts.
Source: Coronavirus (COVID-19): right to work checks – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)