No Retrospective Checks is good news
It feels like a step backwards
To follow the prescribed checks from 1st September, as set out in the Home Office guidance, means that a scanned copy or a photo of an original document will no longer provide a defence against liability for a civil penalty. You need to return to seeing original versions. This now seems completely out of step with the digital advances made by the economy due to the pandemic, and the risk of employment fraud is rarely mitigated by in-person checks but anti-impersonation and fraud technology does add a higher level of deterrence.
On the surface this does not appear to be a winning strategy
Recruitment professional bodies oppose the change
When organisations such as the British Institute of Recruiters are uniting with the growing number of business leaders and parliamentary voices calling for the Home Office to think again about reinstating these practices, we hope the wisdom is recognised and not ignored.
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Further information on RTW guidelines is available on GOV.UK