Hospitality Sector - Validating Right to Work
The UK hospitality sector is heavily reliant on overseas workers. This workforce diversity enriches the industry and provides a valuable recruitment pool for employers. However It also increases risks related to compliance around ‘right to work’ legislation.
All employers are legally required to check that all potential and existing employees are eligible to work in the UK via ‘Right to Work’, HR staff need to ensure applicant’s documents are genuine, original and unaltered.
Manual processes of scanning, printing and storing identity documents are increasingly becoming more inefficient and unmanageable. More importantly, manual processes increases the risk of fraudulent documents penetrating the business.
Businesses found to be non-compliant may face a civil penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal employee, company directors could face a potential 5-year prison sentence and reputational damage is irreversible.
The Home Office is now increasing it’s regulatory focus on the sector, and there has been a number of high-profile stories in the media of ‘illegal workers’ being employed in hospitality sector. Moving forward it is critical that businesses have robust employee on-boarding processes in place to ensure Right to Work compliance.
How We Help?
NorthRow offers an automated document verification solution which checks, authenticates and retains of all employees and potential employees ID documents whilst establishing their Right to Work in the UK. Our tried-and-trusted technology enables companies to instantly check employees working status, while simultaneously streamlining employee on-boarding processes. Our solution can be applied on the move via a mobile app, or on site via our passport/ID document scanner.
Our App has been specifically designed to keep pace with both the demands of an agile, mobile workforce and Home Office legislation for right to work compliance.
Clients we help include
"The NorthRow Right to Work solution has eliminated any potential for human error in our recruitment process and establishes a full audit trail of all checks which fulfils our statutory excuse and ensures we are compliant. Now, we are able to quickly and easily scan, collate and authenticate the relevant identity documents from potential and existing employees to establish their a right to work in the UK. The system gives us alerts when documents, such as Visas, need updating. This means we always know when our employees need to apply to renew a Visa or when their right to work entitlement has altered."
Francesca Del Rio, People Manager, Gordon Ramsay Group