Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General – one of the highest legal positions in the country has hit the news recently when she was fined £5,000 for not following the correct procedures when employing a housekeeper. Why and if she, as someone who helped frame the legislation, falls fowl of employment law what hope is there for the rest of us.

Under legislation bought in a couple of years ago, employees must now actively ensure that their employees are eligible for work in this country. This is done by seeing and taking a copy of the required documentation, this in turn must be kept on file. This is where the attorney general went wrong, when asked to provide proof that her houeskeeper was eligible to work in the UK, Baroness Scotland couldn’t as she hadn’t copied what ever documentation the housekeeper had given as proof.

Ensure nerw employees show you their proof of eligibility to work in the UK and KEEP a copy.

If you are unsure whether you are following the rules when taking a new member of staff on contacting us  could save you quite a lot of money

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