Strengthening and simplifying the civil penalty scheme to prevent illegal working: consultation document

Document type
Discussion paper
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Home Office
Home Office
Date of publication
1 July 2013
Employment, Minority Groups
Social welfare
Material type

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This consultation seeks views on proposals to strengthen and simplify the existing civil penalty scheme for the prevention of illegal working by migrants. Employers have an existing duty to check that their employees have the right to work in the UK and, since 2008, this duty has been underpinned by a civil penalty scheme. This has been successful in requiring employers to make right to work checks and imposing a sanction on those who do not. The Government strongly supports action against illegal working. They are therefore proposing to further refine these requirements to get tougher on rogue employers who continue to exploit illegal labour and undercut legitimate businesses, and to simplify processes to make it easier for compliant employers to fulfil their responsibilities.

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