Tag Archives: illegal working

UK Business Immigration: major hike in illegal working penalties from January 2024

The Home Office is picking up the pace on immigration compliance matters – we have seen increased activity on everything from right to work enforcement to visa curtailments as well as requests for further evidence across all aspects of sponsorship. We will be focusing on these and other challenges in our webinar on 14 September … Continue Reading

Prevention of illegal working under the Immigration Act 2016 – changes to the law from 1 December 2016

Businesses employing staff without the right to work face civil penalties of up to £20,000 per illegal employee. These can be imposed without proof of illegal working (or the employer’s awareness of it) – it is then up to the employer to demonstrate that the employee did have the right to work or that it … Continue Reading

Civil penalties for illegal working – how to protect your business

Home Office scrutiny of illegal working has increased significantly over recent months – businesses with large, diverse multi-sited workforces appear to be particularly at risk, but civil penalties are no longer something which only happens to other people. The civil penalty regime has the very laudable aim of deterring UK employers from hiring staff without … Continue Reading

Changes to civil penalty regime for illegal working

The Home Office has announced that it is currently considering measures to reform the civil penalty scheme to prevent illegal working. These proposed changes follow the Prime Minister’s pledge that the Government intends to “take tougher action against employers of illegal migrant workers, and double the maximum civil penalty against them”. Employers already have a … Continue Reading

Listen for the silent surge of ICE

According to recent reports, the US Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) team has begun a new wave of illegal working audits, targeting employers in industries including fast-food, retail, hospitality and agriculture.  These new “silent raids” are consistent with the Administration’s strategy of targeting employers in lieu of worksite round-ups of unauthorized … Continue Reading