The resource centre has been designed as an innovative integrated tool to help and educate organisations and their workforce to fully understand the guidelines that UK trading organisation should operate under.

The resource centre is available in all our integrated portals so a powerful tool to get your message to these Users access your softeare. 

The resource centre has a number of dedicated sections which are briefly explained below. If you require your resource centre to be more specific to your business needs, let us know your requirements and we custom this part of your software as part of your white label upgrade.

Good HR Practices

Any trading business should know instantly what data is held on their work force and whether their business and workforce is trading legally within UK guidance laws. All trading businesses are regulated regardless if you are a limited business or sole trader; you must adhere or possibly be issued with your trading licence being revoked or suspended, issuance of a civil penalty or even a custodial sentence.

Within the resources section we have created support on how to be compliant. If your business holds a Home Office sponsor licence then this page will be extra important to you.

Immigration Overview

The immigration overview is an introduction that leads into sub-sections that clarifies other essential immigration areas such as:

  • Worker Types
  • Visa Types
  • Immigration Checks
  • Visa Examples
  • Genuine ID

These 5 areas covers are covered below:

Worker Types
Under worker types we have split this into 7 sections to give you a greater understanding of the types of people you may come across when hiring potential new employees or contract workers. Each section covers who falls under immigration control. 

Visa Types
The UK has provided an array of visas over the years and many of these visas have been replaced. In 2008 the Government announced that the 80 visa routes that were in place needed a major overhaul so the Points Based System (PBS) which the Australians had in place was introduced. The points based system focused on 5 key areas:

  • Highly Skilled
  • Skilled Workers
  • Low Skilled Workers
  • Students
  • Temporary Workers

This section lists all visa types and confirms if the person holding such a visa can be employed, self-employed or both or no work permitted.

Immigration Checks
How to check a worker's right to work in the UK and why is it important to do this prior to engagement?

You must check that the person is allowed to work for you in the UK before you employ them or you could receive a civil penalty up to 20K per illegal worker. This section will explain in greater detail how to prevent illegal employment

Visa Examples
Understanding visas can be very complicated as before the introduction of the Points Based System in 2008 there were around 80 different visa types. This has now been greatly reduced however; you could be confronted with a person who holds one of these older visas or a more recent one and you need to know who can be hired.

Genuine ID
How can you identify if someone's ID is genuine or not? Some ID's are blatantly obvious they are not genuine and some are created by experts who make a living out of making fake ID. The Home Office are constantly trying to ensure any UK document used to provide identity cannot be copied.

This section will address how you as a business can look at a person's ID and see if it is genuine or not. If you have any doubts you can get the documents verified, do not take the risk.

Self-employed Guidelines

Anyone working as self-employed or places self-employed workers into work need to follow strict HMRC and Home Office guidelines and if regulated by the likes of SIA, their guidelines.

To avoid non-compliances and avoid HMRC, Home Office or the likes of SIA, this section lists a number of things you can read and research which will help you fully understand taking on self-employed contract workers. You will also find links to our built-in tools to help you carry out checks on your business and work force.

HMRC Guidelines

This section guides you on what HMRC could look at if you directly hire or subcontract out self-employed contract workers. More and more people are turning to self-employment and if a business decides to hire such workers you need to know what to do and how to avoid non-compliance.

Agency workers Regulations (AWR)

If you operate as a recruitment agency you will need to apply to the AWR guidelines. These guidelines are to help hirers of agency workers and the recruitment sector to understand the AWR. AWR section covers the key provisions of the Regulations with illustrative examples. The Regulations give agency workers the entitlement to the same or no less favourable treatment for basic employment and working conditions, if they complete a qualifying period of 12 weeks in a particular job.

Useful Links

We have created 100s of useful links under one dedicated section to help you find essential information quickly that relates to BSIA, CQC, DBS, FCA, Home Office, HMRC, ISA and ISO.

ComTracker Self Employment