The Immigration Minister has recently re-iterated the Government’s pledge to tackle illegal working and has now announced further details of the proposed measures. Here, Greenwoods Solicitors outline the key proposals and impact for employers.
The key proposals for employers to be aware of are:
- any businesses that are caught repeatedly hiring illegal workers could be closed for up to 48 hours while the business proves that right to work checks have been conducted on staff and while border officials investigate;
- the worst offending employers could be placed under special measures and could face long-term closure;
- any pub, off-licence or late-night takeaway that is found to have employed illegal workers could be stripped of its licence to sell food and alcohol; and
- steps will be taken to boost prosecutions against offending employers and to increase the current liability for knowingly employing an illegal worker from two to five years imprisonment.
Impact for employers
We await further details on when these new provisions are likely to come into force. However, in the meantime, all employers of whatever size need to ensure that they are carrying out thorough and proper right to work checks – not only before employment starts but also during the continuation of the employment relationship where a worker’s right to work in the UK is time-limited.
Employers should ensure that they keep up to date with the immigration status of all of their workers and keep a clear paper trail and have proper recordkeeping systems in place.
The information contained in this article is intended to be a synopsis only. Before acting on it, you should take professional advice.
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