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Recently published Home Office Guidance has clarified UK employers’ document retention obligations for historic Tier 2 General applications where a Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) was required.
Employers are no longer required to retain copies of CVs of unsuccessful candidates or an HR vetting profile showing why each responding Settled Worker was considered unsuitable by reference to advertised criteria.
Document retention obligations now are limited to:
As part of any future Audit, the Home Office would not be entitled to request additional RLMT evidence. We recommend you take separate advice on the possible GDPR consequences of this change as strictly speaking, UK employers may no longer have a defence for retaining a third party’s personal data relating to past Tier 2 General RLMT processes. Applications under the new Sponsored Workers’ category do not require a prior RLMT, albeit UK employers are still obliged to retain relevant documents evidencing the genuineness of the role and the relevant employee’s suitability.
Please note the minimum periods for document retention are unchanged. That is, for one year following the end of sponsorship OR the date that the relevant employee’s file is audited by the Home Office, whichever is earlier.