A new service has been launched to help landlords check job applicants have the legal right to work in the UK.

RTW Checker scans ID documents with Home Office security level scanners on your premises. It then links up with the world's most extensive database of passports and ID cards to verify documents.

It also enables employees to upload ID images through a secure app or dedicated web link to have documents checked centrally.

The system, believed to be an industry first, has been launched by HR director Karen Davies who has previously worked with Scottish & Newcastle Retail, Novus Leisure, Beds & Bars Group and Casual Dining Group.

She said: "This is one of the most critical areas of any recruitment process in today's tough recruitment marketplace. Many hospitality retailers know what it is like to be under the scrutiny of the Home Office and it is not something to look forward to, if right to work practices and processes are not robust.

"RTW Checker is the most comprehensive ID and right to work checking service available. We have a system that can work in head office, in sites or remotely for applicants. We have completely re-thought the way right to work checks and ID checks take place to make the experience for the applicant and the business a completely seamless one."

Employing someone who does not have the right to work can see your business fined up to £20,000 per worker, your site closed and company bosses face a potential jail term.