Dealing with Illegal Workers As An Employer

Illegal workers have become a big problem in the United Kingdom. Did you know that you could be sent to jail for up to five years or receive unlimited fines if you have been employing someone who doesn’t have the right to work in the United Kingdom? There are employment rights for undocumented workers but if you’re still unsure then you can contact a lawyer for a free consultation.

Getting A Referral Notice

In case you were employing an illegal worker and are apprehended by the relevant authorities, you will receive a “referral notice” from the authorities which will let you know:

  • People who are on a visitor’s visa
  • Students working more hours than they are allowed to work
  • Students with expired visas
  • People who perform work that isn’t listed on their visa

Once you receive the civil penalty notice, you will be given 28 days to respond. The penalty notice will tell you what you should do next and give the payment options. On the other hand, it will tell you how you should appeal in case you plan to do so.

There are many things that an employer could do in order to avoid such a situation. In fact, they should know their responsibilities for preventing illegal workers from getting employed in UK companies.

All internal processes of the company should comply with the immigration law of the country. This will help protect your company from penalties, jail terms, and negative publicity.

Actions of Immigration Authorities

In fact, the immigration authorities will publish your business details as a warning to other businesses not to employ illegal workers.

Hence, it is important that you take every step to avoid such negative publicity for your business. It may negatively affect the growth of your company in the long run. That is why you should be paying careful attention to this issue.

How To Avoid Employing Illegal Workers:

Check the right-to-work document, visa, and passport of the employee before offering him/her employment in your company. Make sure that all these documents are valid and up to date.

If there is any discrepancy with an employee’s paperwork, you should consult a qualified and experienced lawyer at DPH Legal before taking further action. It can save you a lot of stress in the long run.

The aforementioned information above provides information on what to consider when dealing with illegal workers.

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