Modern hiring starts with every company in Australia legally required to carry out Right to Work checks or risk significant fines. It’s all too easy for someone to obtain forged visa and identity documents, enabling them to present a false identity when applying for work. With 1 in 5 experiencing identity crime in the past 12 months, this is becoming a growing concern for hiring managers everywhere.
What is a Right to Work Verification?
A right to work verification is a check to ensure that every individual you hire is legally eligible to work under your nation’s laws. It is an employer’s responsibility to conduct this check, and allowing an unlawful non-citizen to work may result in imprisonment or fines depending on the severity of the breach. These penalties may also apply to companies who refer someone, e.g. recruitment agencies.
Why are Right To Work Checks Important?
All businesses should conduct right-to-work checks as part of a comprehensive employment screening process. With globalisation and increasing numbers of workers from all around the world, ensure your business is protected by conducting the necessary right-to-work checks.
Ensure your liability and risk is minimised by confirming that all your employees are eligible to work for your business.
Protect your business from potential legal ramifications (fines and possible imprisonment depending on the severity of the breach) if it is found that your employees are not eligible to work.
Screening your prospective candidates will save you time and money in the long run by understanding from the outset whether the candidate is suitable for the role.
Candidates and employees who are not upfront about their visa and working entitlements may indicate a lack of integrity in their working behaviour.
The Importance of Getting Australian Right to Work Checks "Right"
fine for each illegal worker employed and an additional $315,000 if the correct right to work checks are not carried out3
Show candidates that your business is committed to creating a safe workplace with fast, modern, and convenient technology.
Our right to work checks involve confirmation of a candidate’s visa and passport status with the relevant immigration authorities. By assessing this status, we will confirm whether or not the candidate is entitled to work in the country and/or provide details of any limitations attached to their visa. This provides you with peace of mind when hiring new employees.
A Solution Designed to Fit Your Needs
Regardless of your industry or the size of your organisation, a Right to Work Check is essential. It is especially important if your global business has multiple locations or offices worldwide. With an increasing number of workers applying from around the world, you have to understand whether it is safe to employ the candidate in your business.
Connect with us to discuss how Sterling’s Right to Work Check will help you keep track of your most important resource: people.