Digital right to work checks go live

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Digital right to work checks were introduced during the coronavirus pandemic to enable employers to continue hiring when face-to-face checks were not possible. This allowed applicants to send ID documents to employers using email, video call, and apps.

From 1 October 2022, UK employers wishing to carry out digital checks must:

  • use identity service providers (IDSPs)
  • keep digital records for two years after an employee leaves employment

Many employers have moved to remote and hybrid working, so the option for secure, digital right to work checks is designed to help make the recruitment process more efficient.

What does this mean for you?

These changes mean that employers will not be allowed to verify ID documents using less secure methods like email or video call after 30 September.

How to check an applicant’s right to work

Right to work checks can be done in three ways:

  • checking the applicant’s original documents (in person)
  • using identity verification technology (IDVT) with an IDSP
  • a Home Office online right to work check

For further information please see the government’s guide on how to check a job applicant’s right to work and guide to right to work checks for employers.

See also

Our guide to foreign nationals working for Members of Parliament

Supporting Suicidal Callers

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Join us to learn how to deal with a caller who is talking about suicide.

We are very lucky to be joined by Lorraine Khalaf from the NHS who will be able to share her insight on how to deal with suicidal callers and how to support yourself and your colleagues when dealing with this type of caller.

This event will comprise of a presentation from Lorraine followed by a Q&A session.

We would love to hear from you ahead of the event, so if you have any questions you’d like answering, please email MST@parliament.uk and we will pass these to Lorraine to answer on the day

These sessions will take place on

10 October 2022 – 15:00-16:00
26 October 2022 – 15:00-16:00

Please book via ACT on the Parliamentary Intranet – you must have a network account in order to access this training. https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=5338

Stress Management, Promoting Wellbeing & Work-Life Balance

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With Ollie Welsby, Trainer, Brightcore Consultancy
Wednesday 5th October 2022, 11.30am – 12.30pm
Online via Teams

Please join this Wellness Working Group session to gain insight from Ollie as to how to manage our own stress as well as looking at managing our wellbeing in the short and long term.

Ollie will help us understand the biology of stress and how we can identify this in ourselves and others. He will also provide us with coping strategies and how to maintain a work life balance.

To book, please email mpsstaff-wwg@parliament.uk

Forthcoming Commons Library Talks

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Details of all forthcoming Commons Library Talks can be found on ACT: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1563
Please note that you must have a parliamentary network account to access ACT.

Topics include:

Help with fire safety remediation work: high rise blocks (England)

Improving the UK’s science capability for managing animal diseases (NAO talk)

The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Energy prices, security and market reform

The creation of the UK Infrastructure Bank (NAO talk)

Rising cost of living

An introduction to occupational and personal pensions in the UK

Mental Health reforms in England

Tackling local breaches of air quality (NAO talk)

Understanding and interpreting survey data

Legal aid and other options (England)

Working with charities during the cost-of-living crisis – A guide for MPs

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Local and national charities working in your constituency can be a vital partner, providing you with frontline insights, up-to-date data and intelligence, and a reliable place to refer people who need urgent help. You will likely already know the charities in your constituency well, so this guide from NPC is intended to help you focus your work with them. NPC is a think tank and consultancy helping charities, funders, and policy makers to maximise social impact.

You can find the guide here: https://www.thinknpc.org/resource-hub/working-with-charities/

Q&A on devolved and reserved matters

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Commons Library Casework Discussion Forum

The Library, in conjunction with the Members’ Services Team, is pleased to invite you to the Casework Discussion Forum which will take place virtually each month.

The September forum is taking place on Thursday 22 September, 2-3pm and will be a Q&A on devolved and reserved matters. It will be chaired by Wendy Wilson from the Library, with David Torrance, the Library’s subject specialist on devolution.

If you have any questions, please contact MST@parliament.uk

All MP’s Staff Q&A: Home Office/ Immigration

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Upcoming All MP’s Staff Q&A:Home Office/ Immigration

Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Date: Tuesday 13 September 2022
Venue: Online via Teams
Booking essential: Click this link to book

Due to high demand, we are hosting a further event with the Home Office.  We are lucky to be joined by Katie Shooter from the Home Office.  Katie will provide an update from her team and will be more than happy to answer your queries on how the Home Office process Immigration Applications.

This will be a Q&A session if you would like to submit a question, please email MST@parliament.uk , we will pass them to Katie on the day.

Time permitting, we will open the floor for additional questions.

Wellbeing – looking after yourself and others

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Caseworker Discussion Forum hosted by the Commons Library

The Library, in conjunction with the Members’ Services Team, is pleased to invite you to the Casework Discussion Forum which will take place virtually each month.

The next session is taking place on Thursday 18 August, 9:30-10:30am and will be on the topic of Wellbeing – looking after yourself and others. It will be chaired by Wendy Wilson from the Library.

The Forum will be complemented by a dedicated Teams chat which will allow you to share ideas and best practice, as well as support being on hand from the Library should specialist knowledge be required.

(Please note, you do not have to be a Caseworker to attend these sessions, they are open to any Members’ staff who handle casework.) 

If you have any questions, please contact MST@parliament.uk