Co-financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals
7. Creating accessible services
7.4 Responsibilities as an employer
The UK Government runs a civil penalty scheme for employers, which places the responsibility on employers to check if someone they are employing has the legal right to work in the UK.
It also runs an employer’s checking service which will check the status of an individual’s right to work in the UK.
If someone has a legal right to work in the UK, they should be treated in the same way as any other employee. Migrant workers working in the UK should have the same rights as others, although their needs may differ. It is important to remember that migrants can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation, discrimination and harassment. Employers have a duty to protect workers from this treatment.
Migrants may also need additional support, especially on first arrival, and employers can be a key (sometimes sole) point of contact for this. Working with employers to help them to understand the needs of new migrants, and encouraging them to provide as much additional support as possible, can be mutually beneficial.