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The Silent Threat to UK Businesses: Unveiling the High-Stakes Reality of Ignoring Right to Work Laws

18th July 2023 - 1 min

The recent arrest of 60 delivery drivers from prominent platforms like Deliveroo and UberEATS in London has cast a spotlight on the importance of compliance with right to work laws. However, it is essential to dispel the misconception that right to work fines are exclusively reserved for large companies. Recent cases, such as the fines of £10,000 imposed on two private businesses in Buckinghamshire, underscore the critical need for businesses of all sizes to prioritise compliance and mitigate the risks associated with non-compliance.

As the Home Office continues its proactive stance on enforcement, the spectre of facing fines that could rise to a level of £20,000 per violation and the prospect of a custodial sentence has leapt from a distant possibility to a stark reality. UK employers simply have no excuse. They must arm themselves with the facts, determine how they will protect their businesses, and most importantly comply with the law.

To mitigate the risks associated with hiring illegal workers, businesses need a comprehensive solution that goes beyond traditional methods of conducting right to work checks. This is where industry expertise and advanced technology play a crucial role. We refer you to the UK Home Office’s website where you will find a wealth of information regarding the use of technology in conducting right to work checks, i.e. IDVTs (Identity Document Validation Technologies), and further the use of third-party services, such IDSPs (Identity Service Providers) and those IDSPs that have chosen to validate that their IDVT meets the standards as defined under the UK government’s Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework.


As the UK government continues its proactive approach to enforcement, businesses must proactively address the challenges and consequences associated with non-compliance. Engaging with industry experts like Xydus can empower organizations to navigate this complex landscape with confidence. By prioritizing compliance and adopting advanced solutions, businesses can protect their reputation, avoid costly penalties, and thrive in an ever-evolving regulatory environment.

By embracing the imperative of right to work compliance and collaborating with trusted partners, businesses can position themselves as leaders in their industries and build a foundation of trust, reliability, and integrity.

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