Over recent weeks, the Work Rights Centre team have been working around the clock to address questions about EU nationals' right to work in the UK. The right to work check is a new requirement for EU nationals who work in the UK.
There are two ways to prove it. First, until the 30th of June 2021, passports and ID cards are sufficient. The Home Office is still accepting new applications and processing old ones but there is a backlog. Second, if you have already received settled or pre-settled status, you can share this information with your employer.
Some employers are demanding to see a proof of settled or pre-settled status before the 30th June 2021 deadline. If you have followed Government advice, but your employer refuses to accept it, you may have been a victim of indirect discrimination. It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of their nationality.
Work Rights Centre are also receiving reports of criminals attempting to take advantage of the Brexit uncertainty to charge people bogus fees to check on their EUSS status.
This has included fraud, identity theft and online/telephone scams. Fraudsters may impersonate government agencies to get users to pay them money, or may try to acquire personal information to take out loans or claim benefits fraudulently.
Work rights Centre advise: never pay strangers who pretend to be government agencies, keep your personal details safe, and always ask to see a consent form and data protection policy when someone is asking for your personal details.
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