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.