The UK Government has decided to extend the registration scheme, which was due to end on 30 April 2009, for two more years. The scheme will now end on 30 April 2011. The scheme covers workers from the so-called “A8 countries”: Czech Republic; Estonia; Hungary; Latvia; Lithuania; Poland; Slovakia; and Slovenia. Employees from A8 countries must continue to register under the scheme, if they have not undertaken 12 months of continuous registered employment. Employers must ensure that their A8 workers continue to satisfy the registration requirement. Employers who do not ensure that their workers are registered may be fined up to £5,000 per non-compliant worker.
Employers of A8 nationals should:
- give the employee a letter on company paper stating the date on which employment started. The employee will need this letter to apply for registration;
- ensure that the employee applies for registration within one month of starting work;
- keep a copy of the employee’s application form to prove that the employee applied for registration within time;
- keep a copy of the registration certificate, which is issued upon successful application.
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