There has been an increase in businesses being served with civil penalties in relation to hiring illegal workers. The Home Office regularly publish the details of businesses that have been fined on their website adding further reputational damage to financial sanctions.
Employers in the UK have a duty to ensure that each employee has a legal right to work in the UK. This must be documented by the employer who must take the necessary steps and ensure the appropriate verification checks have been carried out.
If the appropriate check has not been carried out and the employee does not have the right to work in the UK, businesses could risk a fine of up to £20,000 per employee. This could potentially impact Sponsor License holders who could have their licenses revoked as a direct result.
It is possible to minimise the risks of facing penalties by being proactive and implementing checks on your employees from the outset.
Our Business Immigration specialists can assist you with all aspects of right to work checks; so please do not hesitate to contact us for any enquiries in relation to workers or right to work checks for existing or prospective employees.