Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Protect your business

Shropshire employers who take on illegal workers could face a prison sentence or massive fines. The message is delivered in a new campaign launched by the Government this week to promote new rules which will take effect in February.

John Mehtam, our Employment Law Specialist, said it was vital that companies took notice of the legislation. “For every illegal worker you negligently hire, you could be fined up to £10,000 or face up to two years in prison, so this really is a serious situation.

“And any employers who are found to be breaking the law could lose the right to recruit from outside the European Union altogether,” said John.

“Employers who condone illegal working attract illegal migrants, which means they can pay them less money and so undercut the wages that would be paid to legitimate employees.

“It’s important that Shropshire companies familiarise themselves with the changes, and seek professional advice if they are unsure of the procedures they should follow to make sure they don’t employ illegal workers.”

The Border and Immigration Agency undertakes regular enforcement operations against illegal working in the UK, and in 2006, they carried out over 5,200 raids, removing more than 22,000 people from the UK.