The Home Secretary announced on Monday 7 August, that fines are to be more than tripled for employers who are found to be employing illegal workers in the UK.
Currently sanctions for illegal working, also known as ‘civil penalties’, include fines of up to £20,000 per illegal worker - this is to be increased to up to £60,000. The higher penalties will take effect from the start of 2024.
Employers can obtain a ‘statutory excuse’ against civil penalties for illegal workers - by carrying out ‘Right to Work’ checks in line with Home Office guidance and retaining evidence of having carried out such checks. If it’s proven that an employee does not have the right to work – the employer can use the correctly conducted ‘Right to Work’ check as a defence against the fine, that would otherwise be imposed on the business.
At Ashfords, we can support businesses with all ‘Right to Work’ matters, including:
For further information or advice on any business immigration matters, please contact a member of our Immigration team.