Increases in fines for employing illegal workers
Joanna Rose · October 23rd 2023 · read
From January 2024, the fines for employers who permit illegal migrants to work for them are to be increased threefold. The penalty for employers will increase from £15,000 up to £45,000 per illegal worker for a first breach, and from £20,000 and up to £60,000 for repeat breaches.
Since January 2018, almost 5,000 civil penalties have been issued to employers. In addition, employers can be liable to criminal prosecution and face a sentence of five years’ imprisonment if they know, or have reasonable cause to believe, that the worker does not have permission to be in the UK; has overstayed their leave to remain; is performing a type of work for which they do not have permission; or have falsified their documents in any way.
The UK government publish a quarterly list of employers who have been fined for hiring illegal workers. The latest list includes the following:
|Taksim Lounge Ltd||London||£15,000|
|So Beautified Salon||Greater London||£15,000|
|Hildenborough Square Ltd||Surrey||£10,000|
|London Quality Fisheries||London||£15,000|
|British Hand Car Wash||Newport||£10,000|
|Hungry Eye Indian Restaurant||Kent||£10,000|
|Multi Facility Services Ltd||Greater London||£10,000|
|N&J Consults Ltd||Greater London||£15,000|
|Nona Restaurant||Greater London||£20,000|
|Norwood Manor Day Nursery Limited||Greater London||£15,000|
|8 Till Late (Polski Sklep)||Hounslow||£15,000|
|Redhouse Chinese Takeaway||Kent||£20,000|
|Pizza Go Go||Croydon||£15,000|
|Share 2 Care Ltd||Hampshire||£10,000|
|Fat Pizza Basildon||Essex||£15,000|
|Cell Fone City||Greater London||£10,000|
|Vindaloo Indian Takeaway||Hampshire||£10,000|
As well as the financial penalties, this obviously also causes a reputational risk to businesses. The list is public and also may lead to a business being reported in the media.
HR Solutions can advise on Right to Work in the UK checks. We can also conduct them on your behalf; this is particularly useful for if you are a business with overseas ownership and / or remote workers where it is difficult for you to conduct the check yourself.