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Illegal workers? Don't read and weep

Employing illegal workers has always been problematic, especially since February 2008 when the penalties were radically changed so that a business now risks a £10000 fine for each illegal worker caught.

To help businesses avoid the penalty trap, the UK Border Agency has recently  updated its 2008 guidance.

The changes include confirmation that a valid UK visa/residence permit in an expired passport is suitable proof of ability to work in the UK; updated images of right to work documents; flow charts to assist with right to work checks; detailed guidance on fines; updated UKBA contact details; and two new appendices on employing asylum seekers and students.

Remember - to avoid penalties you need to prove that you made the appropriate checks. Ignorance of the facts will get you nowhere.

This was first published in December 2010

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