Preventing illegal working — changes to right-to-work checks
By Sian Hoare
Employers have a duty to prevent illegal working and are obliged to carry out prescribed document checks on individuals before they commence work to ensure they have permission to work in the UK.
Employers may be liable to an increased civil penalty of up to £20,000 for each illegal worker if they fail to carry out the necessary checks correctly, or at all, and are found to be employing someone who doesn’t have the right to work in the UK.
In addition, if you knowingly employ an illegal worker, regardless of whether you have conducted document checks, you will be committing a criminal offence and could face up to two years’ imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine…
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