How to Avoid Employing Illegal Immigrants

Employers across all sectors are falling foul of immigration compliance and facing allegations of employing illegal immigrants. Under current immigration rules, employers operate under onerous duties for the prevention of illegal working. Where employers are found to be in breach of their immigration compliance duties and are alleged to be employing illegal immigrants, they face […]

Reporting Illegal Immigrants

What should you do if you establish your business has been employing an illegal worker? What is the process for reporting illegal immigrants? It is a legal requirement on all UK employers to carry out prescribed document checks on their employees and prospective employees to verify their right to work in the UK. The checks must […]

Civil Penalty Immigration: Businesses Challenging Home Office Fines

Civil Penalty Immigration Case Study: How we helped an independent restaurant defeat a £30,000 Home Office fine “We’re a small, hard-working family-run restaurant, and we refused to have our business’s name tarnished unfairly. Thanks to the team at DavidsonMorris, we can move on with our name cleared and without the crippling financial hit of a […]

Civil Penalty Notice Illegal Working: Home Office Process

What is the Home Office process for issuing a civil penalty notice for illegal working? Through the civil penalty regime, UKVI ensure employers are compliant with immigration rules by conducting effective Right to Work checks and that all personnel have the relevant permissions to work in the UK. Where businesses are found to be in […]

Challenging a UKVI Civil Penalty

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How to challenge a UKVI Civil Penalty As the Home Office continues to ramp up its activity against illegal working in line with the current political agenda, we’re seeing an increase in the number of UKVI civil penalty notices being served on employers for illegal employment. The civil penalty regime exists to ensure employers of […]

5 Ways to Challenge a Civil Penalty UK Immigration Notice

It’s a distressing experience for an organisation when, without warning, it receives a civil penalty UK immigration notice. A civil penalty notice informs an organisation it has employed a person who did not have permission to work in the UK, in breach of section 15 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Responding to […]

8 Reasons to Appeal a Civil Penalty for Immigration

The ramifications of a civil penalty for immigration can extend far beyond a £20,000 fine. When considering whether to object or appeal a civil penalty immigration notice for employing illegal workers, businesses should be aware of the possible consequences. While these fines can be significant, recent cases show the cost of a civil penalty can […]

Why you might not have to Pay a Fine for Illegal Workers

The Home Office is continuing in its highly stringent approach to illegal employment enforcement. For employers, failure to meet your UK immigration compliance duties can result in a fine for illegal workers. Immigration breaches are more common than you may think. They can result from a number of areas, including what may seem relatively minor administrative […]

List B Management Risks for Employers

An individual’s immigration status will dictate the documentation they must present to an employer to verify their Right to Work. Employees with time-limited permission, for example, are required to produce items from UKVI’s ‘List B‘ to evidence identity and temporary employment authorisation. For an employer to comply with its duty to prevent illegal working, every employee […]

Avoiding Civil and Criminal Penalties

Now more than ever, employers have to ensure that they carry out the government-prescribed document checks when hiring new employees. Failing to do so exposes employers to high civil penalties and since 12 July 2016, possible criminal prosecution. The statutory excuse The law does not explicitly require employers to perform document checks on all new employees. […]