Right To Work Checks

Right To Work Checks

This post provides a reminder to the Right to Work checks which every employer has a duty to carry out before employing a new member of staff, my guidance covers what documents you should check and when they should be checked.

I also provide a link to download the Home Office Right to Work Checklist so you can be sure you are asking your potential employees for the right documents:

Requesting References From Previous Employers

Requesting References From Previous Employers

Most employers I speak to ask new recruits to provide at least reference, but a large number don’t follow them up. Many of those say they hold no value, but I argue that they are your backup that the information provided during the recruitment process is factually correct. The importance of requesting references from previous employers is demonstrated in this case.

Requesting References For A Potential Employee

Requesting References For A Potential Employee

It’s important to only make further enquiries about a potential employee when it is absolutely necessary, i.e. once they have been offered and have accepted the job. This will involve less administration and will also help to prevent breaches of the Data Protection Act and Human Rights Act.

Read my Top Tips to ‘how and when to collect the information’, the implications of the Data Protection Act and ‘points to consider when requesting references. I also provide my Template Reference Request Form which you can use to request references from previous employers in a standard format.