Under new system employers face civil penalties of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker they hire
New legislation has come into force in the UK to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants.
In the largest shake-up of immigration rules in 40 years, the Government is rolling out a points-based system similar to that successfully implemented in Australia.
Migrant workers will be called upon to prove they have sufficient skills to justify their place within the economy. Only those rated as highly-skilled will be allowed entry without a firm job offer.
Alliance Corporate Risk Management insisted that more awareness is needed if companies are to avoid hefty fines and possible prison sentences of up to two years.
The broker noted employers seeking to tighten their recruitment structures rather than risk being a party to illegal migrant employment.
John McLaren-Stewart, chief executive of Alliance said: ‘We cannot emphasise strongly enough how important it is for employers to know exactly where their workers have come from.’
‘The new points-based system means that only those with skills the country needs can come here to work and study.’
“Rogue bosses who knowingly hire workers who are in the country illegally face an on the spot fine of Â£10,000 and are risking likely criminal prosecution.
John McLaren-Stewart, chief executive of Alliance
‘Rogue bosses who knowingly hire workers who are in the country illegally face an on the spot fine of £10,000 and are risking likely criminal prosecution.’
He went on: ‘Bosses must be prepared to scrupulously check the background of any foreign worker they hire. Don’t leave it to chance – the legal and financial implications are very serious.’
Dozens of illegal workers, were arrested recently after a raid on three West London restaurants. Elsewhere, six workers were arrested at a Chinese restaurant in Slough. All now face deportation, with their bosses subject to a Police investigation, said the broker.
John McLaren-Stewart commented: ‘Our experience, in talking to those clients we serve in the restaurant industry in particular, is that they are aware of the implications and are acting responsibly – but we hear about those who have cut corners and put themselves in a vulnerable position.
‘We urge anyone who has been caught unwittingly employing illegal workers to get in touch with us. We can help to minimise the damage and can also offer guidance and advice to ensure that such incidents are not repeated.’
Alliance specialises in bespoke insurance for restaurants and hospitality services.