There has been a series of arrests and raids throughout the UK as police crackdown on illegal workers. The government warns that an employer can be sent to jail for 5 years and pay an unlimited fine if found guilty of employing someone who you knew or had ‘reasonable cause to believe’ didn’t have the right to work in the UK, such as –
- They didn’t have permission to enter or remain in the UK
- Their leave had expired
- They weren’t allowed to do certain types of work
- Their papers were incorrect or false
Failure to comply with these guidelines has recently cost a business in Essex £60,000 in fines after three illegal immigrant workers were arrested in a raid that took place in January. Checks confirmed that he was a 37 year old Bangladeshi national who had overstayed his student visa and officers subsequently discovered £6,000 in assumed illegal earnings. Further to this, both a 29 year old man and 32 year old man were also arrested on similar suspicions.
A nail salon in Guildford is also facing a £40,000 fine after two illegal workers were discovered at the premises. Immigration Enforcement officers raided the salon in April and discovered two employees who had no permission to work in the country. This business will be charged with the fines for each worker, until it can demonstrate that checks were carried out before employment. A Home Office spokesperson said in a statement: “The notice [given to the business] warns that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker will be imposed unless the employers can demonstrate that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work.”
A group of care homes have also recently hit headlines after a BBC investigation revealed the company, who used a recruitment agency to recruit workers from Croatia, had been employed workers who have restricted rights to work in the UK. The group has since closed one of its care homes, with workers admitting to following advice from the recruitment agency to “declare as self-employed to work legally.” Croatia is a new member of the EU and its nationals have restricted way to work in the UK, such as self-employment. Both the care homes and the recruitment agency are currently under investigation.