Illegal workers? Don't read and weep


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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