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.