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Preventing illegal working in the UK

All employers and their staff with responsibility for the recruitment and employment of individuals have a duty to prevent illegal working in the UK. As an employer, you may be liable for a fine of up to £20,000 for each illegal worker and could also face criminal prosecution if you employ someone illegally in the UK.

There are specific checks that you must do on potential staff before you employ them to make sure they are allowed to work in the UK. The check will need to be repeated if your potential employee has temporary permission to work in the UK. You must conduct these checks in a certain way to safeguard yourself against a fine.

Our Prevention of Illegal Working services can help safeguard you against a potential fine. We can help you with any questions about preventing illegal working in the UK including:

  • A dedicated telephone advice line to answer any questions that you may have about checking a potential employee’s documents, avoiding potential fines, discrimination, or any other questions about the prevention of illegal working.
  • Train you about how to conduct the correct checks.
  • Conduct mock audits to make sure that you have effective recruitment practices such as stringent document checking systems and processes in place; the correct types of records of document checks for your staff.
  • Our premium package is tailor-made to your requirements saving you the hassle and uncertainty of checking your potential employees’ documents and ensures that you have a defence to a potential fine.
  • We can also help you to reduce the amount of a fine if the Home Office has issued one to you.

Please contact our immigration team by telephone on +44 (0)207 959 2358 or by email at to discuss your requirements.

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