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Home Office Updates Guidance on Preventing Illegal Working

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The Home Office has updated its Code of Practice on Preventing Illegal Working. The Code of Practice sets out the prescribed checks that employers should conduct to avoid a civil penalty in the event of illegal working.

It replaces the Code issued in May 2014, and reflects the Immigration (Restriction on Employment) (Code of Practice and Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2018, which provides that employers may establish a statutory excuse against liability for an illegal working civil penalty by conducting an online right to work check using the Home Office Online Right to Work Checking Service.