Better to be Safe than to be sorry!
Do you know what the fines are for employing someone who does not have the right to work? If you didn’t already know, those previously hefty fines have doubled. You could end up paying up to £20,000 per illegal worker you employ! It gets worse, if it is found that you knowingly employed an illegal worker you could face a prison sentence – anything up to two years.
A total of seven workers were arrested in an immigration raid in Wednesbury. Officers carried out the raid and questioned staff whether or not they had the right to live and work in the UK. Two of the workers were found working in breach of their visa conditions and the other five had overstayed their visas. The company could be liable for a civil penalty of anything upto £20,000 per illegal worker if the correct right to work checks were not carried out. This could mean a potential fine of £140,000.
Home office immigration officers raided a Leicester based factory on Uppingham Road. They found 29 suspected illegal workers. If they are found to have broken the law they can face up to £20,000 for each illegally employed worker which could lead to a total of £580,000. A total of 16 men and 13 women were found, all Indian nationals. Out of which 20 had overstayed their visa, five were working in breach of their visa conditions and two had obtained entry in the UK illegally.
Consequences of illegal employment are not purely financial. UK visas and immigration are policed by the UK boarder agency, who actively publicise the names of the companies who have been fined, damaging their reputation. Since November 2008, the fines issued amount to over £50million and the single largest fine issued to one company has been £300,000. Why take the risk and become a statistic amongst those who have been fined when this can very easily be avoided by using Safe Screening. We will carry out the necessary checks to ensure that those who you are employing have the right to work in the UK.