Employers have a responsibility to ensure that each employee has the right to work before they commence working in the UK. By implementing the appropriate document check and controls, employers can help ensure they are complying with the Home Office rules.
The penalties for employing undocumented workers are high:
- you can be jailed for up to 5 years and receive an unlimited fine if you knowingly employ an illegal worker
- you can be be fined £20,000 per employee if you fail to complete the correct checks prior to employment
The reputation of a company can be damaged if a company receives a penalty for employing illegal workers. Therefore it is vital to ensure your organisation is complying with Home Office regulations and conducting the appropriate right to work checks.
We often work with companies to ensure they are conducting the correct checks prior to providing employment and follow-up checks where appropriate. If you would like advice and assistance on conducting the right to work checks, please contact us today.