Right to Work

Issues

Why tackle the issue of the right to work?

The business case

Failing to prevent illegal working can have significant detrimental impact on your business, for example, the considerable disruption caused if your site is raided by the authorities and illegal workers are found and taken away.

There are civil penalties of up to £10,000 per illegal worker under The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 for employers who employ an illegal migrant worker without having obtained a statutory excuse.

There is a separate criminal offence of knowingly employing an illegal migrant worker which carries the potential of an unlimited fine and/or prison sentence of up to two years.

The risk of employing illegal workers has implications for both you and your customers. Media attention and exposés have a significant negative effect upon both your and your customers’ businesses and therefore a knock on effect on your business relationships. The UK Border Agency issues press releases of all raids that uncover illegal workers at employer sites here.

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