Illegal workers ‘may face six months’ jail’

Tuesday 25th August 2015

The BBC has reported that the Immigration Bill, to be introduced this autumn, will contain strict measures against both illegal workers and their employers including:

  • Prison sentences of up to six months for illegal workers;
  • Removal of licences for takeaway restaurants and off-licences found to employ illegal workers, plus unlimited fines and seizure of wages;
  • A change in the legal defence for businesses discovered using illegal workers;
  • An increase in the maximum penalty for employers found guilty of employing illegal workers from two to five years.


Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire said: “Anyone who thinks the UK is a soft touch should be in no doubt – if you are here illegally, we will take action to stop you from working, renting a flat, opening a bank account or driving a car… As a one nation government we will continue to crack down on abuse and build an immigration system that works in the best interests of the British people and those who play by the rules.”

Clare Moore from Gordons says “with immigration continuing to be high on the political agenda and with the government pledging to further crack down on the issue, it is more important than ever for employers to ensure that they are carrying out right-to-work checks on all employees and promptly deal with any issues that arise.”

Click here to read the article in BBC News.

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