Immigration Bill: work

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Home Office
Home Office
Date of publication
10 October 2013
Factsheet; 10
Legislation, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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The right of non-EEA nationals to work in the UK is restricted; and where the right of work is granted it may be restricted to a particular employer or limited hours. Employers are required to ensure that their employees have the right to work in the UK. This statutory requirement is underpinned by a civil penalty scheme. The civil penalty scheme was introduced on 29 February 2008. It allows for penalties of up to £10,000 per illegal worker to be imposed on an employer who has failed to undertake the documentary checks required by the scheme (and thereby failed to establish a statutory excuse). The maximum fine has remained at £10,000 since the scheme was introduced. The new Immigration Bill will:

  • Increase the maximum penalty for employing each illegal worker from £10,000 to £20,000. This better reflects the benefits that rogue employers can enjoy from employing illegal workers, and is the first time the penalty has been increased since the scheme was introduced in 2008.
  • Streamline the processes by which an employer can object to and appeal against a civil penalty.
  • Improve and make it easier to enforce unpaid civil penalty debts in the civil courts
  • Simplify the right to work checks required, to make it easier for compliant employers to fulfil their responsibilities

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