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Illegal working fines

The Coalition Government has doubled the maximum penalty for employers who break the law on employing illegal workers. Repeat offenders who continue to hire illegals will now face fines of up to £20,000 per employee.

According to the Home Office the changes simplify the process for genuine employers: reducing the number of acceptable documents they may have to check, as well as the frequency with which these have to occur.

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said: “Illegal working is not a victimless crime. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities. These measures send out a strong message to those who break the rules and hire illegal workers. Through the Immigration Act we are also making it easier to enforce the payment of these penalties through the courts.”

Measures include:

Reducing the range of acceptable documents that employers may have to check
Limiting the frequency of follow-up document checks for most employees with limited permission to be in the UK
Doubling the grace period for right to work checks for employees acquired as a result of a Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) to 60 days. For details visit –


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