Preventing illegal working

05 August 2015

Given the continuing migrant issues in Calais, we offer a timely reminder to employers to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for right-to- work checks.

It is important to ensure the rules on preventing illegal working are adhered to as the consequences for non-compliance can be serious. Employers can face criminal prosecution and hefty fines; the maximum civil penalty for illegally employing an immigrant increased from £10,000 to £20,000 in May 2014.

In May of 2015 UK Visas and Immigration and Immigration Enforcement updated their employer guidance on right to work checks.

The guidance details:

  • what a right to work check is
  • why you need to do right to work checks
  • whose documents you should check
  • how to carry out checks
  • when to carry out initial checks, follow-up checks and what happens under TUPE
  • what documents are acceptable.