Preventing Illegal Working in the UK ? guidance
The UK Border Agency has launched updated guidance for employers on preventing illegal working to help them in carrying out right to work checks.
The guidance provides information on which documents are acceptable when proving a right to work and help in understanding what is expected of them in making the checks. The structure and language used in the updated guidance has also been completely revised to make it simpler and easier to read.
Employers who do not carry out these checks and are found employing workers illegally could be fined ?10,000 for each illegal worker or face up to two years in prison.
Available from the UK Border Agency website HERE: the guidance encompasses the following changes:
- More information relating to Biometric Residence Permits, specifically with regards to those that show a holder has indefinite leave to stay in the UK
- Information on the various work restrictions placed on students from outside the EEA
- The impact of civil penalties when applying for a sponsor licence or on licensed sponsors
- Best practice recommendations when carrying out document checks
This guidance also sees information relating to A8 nationals moved to the guidance on employing EEA nationals, as restrictions to nationals of those countries no longer apply. It also contains more comprehensive information on employing A2 (Bulgarian and Romanian) nationals.
Further information and important updates on preventing illegal working can be found on our website HERE