Legislation update – New offences under the Immigration Act

Illegal working – new offences from 12th July 2016

Changes in the law under the Immigration Act 2016 include new offences of illegal working when someone whose immigration status restricts them from working breaches their conditions of entry into the UK (including e.g. non-EEA students exceeding their maximum hours).

It is also an offence for an employer to employ an illegal worker where the employer has reasonable cause to believe that the employee is disqualified from employment by reason of their immigration status.

The maximum penalty has been raised from 2 to 5 years in prison.

Bear in mind that document checks should be conducted in a non-discriminatory way.

For more information on how these change may affect your business, contact the Deminos team on: info@deminos.co.uk or contact your Deminos advisor.

Author chris swindells

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