A New Power to Shut Employers Down | Illegal Immigration
You may have read, as a part of the crackdown on illegal immigration, the Government intends to temporarily shut down any businesses that they suspect are employing workers illegally.
If you employ a person who does not have the legal right to work in the United Kingdom, the maximum civil penalty is £20,000.
Where this situation is the result of negligent recruitment and/or employment practices on your part, e.g. you did not check their ‘right to work’ documentation properly, there is absolutely no defence.
Also, if you are found to have knowingly employed an illegal worker you can be sent to jail for up to 2 years and receive an unlimited fine.
Tip: Provided you conduct the appropriate ‘right to work’ checks for every employee, you will have nothing to worry about.
Do not allow anyone to start working for you until they have produced evidence of their right to work in the United Kingdom and you have taken a copy of it. More hints and tips
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