The Home Office has released statistics on illegal working penalties totals for the UK from 1 October and 31 December 2016. 703 penalties were issued with total value of £11,595,000 (this value may be reduced through objections and appeals).
From a risk based approached to monitor prevention of illegal working and improve compliance and risk management processes, it is important to have confidence in properly carrying out right to work checks. All UK employers are at risk of incurring criminal and civil penalties for employing illegal workers. The Immigration Act 2016 extended criminal liability to the employing organisation, putting directors at risk. Illegal workers themselves are also subject to criminal liability. Your organisation needs robust document checking practices in place to minimise its exposure to these risks. Contact Lewis Silkin’s immigration team for further advice on managing this risk and training services we provide.
You can read the statistics on illegal working penalties totals for the UK from 1 October and 31 December 2016 here.