Fines for knowingly employing illegal workers to triple in 2024

New fine amounts have been announced by the government relating to employers who knowingly employ illegal workers. Fines for first time offenders will increase from £15,000 to £45,000 and repeat offenders will face fines rising from £20,000 to £60,000.  There has also been an announcement that the Home Office will be consulting with employers on how to strengthen the action being taken against businesses which employ illegal workers. 

Employers have an obligation to ensure compliance with right to work checks, record-keeping and ensuring that they follow up on visa expiry dates and according to the Home Office, penalties encourage employers to comply with their legal obligations.  However, some businesses have responded by expressing their confusion about how to conduct right to work checks. 

Should you have any questions on evidence required to determine eligibility to work in the UK, call one of our CIPD qualified consultants for further details on 0800 9995 121.

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