The Home Office has published a new code of practice which states that employers could now face a fine of up to £20,000 per worker if they are found to be employing them illegally.  The changes also intend to simplify the process for conducting document checks for migrant workers by reducing the number of acceptable documents and removing the requirement to complete checks every 12 months.  Instead, employers will need to complete a further check when an employee's visa is due to expire. 

Key Date

16 May 2014


The new document checks are intended to make it easier for employers to ensure that all their employees have the right to work in the UK. The increase in the penalty for employing illegal workers is substantial and a fine can now be issued for each illegal worker. It is therefore important that employers have an effective system in place to conduct document checks before employees start work and to alert them when visas are due to expire.

A copy of the Home Office's guide to right to work checks is here.