Fine up to £50,000 could be imposed
22nd January 2010: The UK Border Agency has asserted that the onus was on employers to provide evidence that legally-required checks were carried out before giving jobs to the workers. Failure to do so could lead to a fine of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker; up to £50,000 in total.
The Agency asserted: `If the employers are unable to provide evidence that legally-required checks were carried out before giving the workers jobs – such as asking for a passport or another Home Office document – they will face a fine of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker – up to £50,000 in total’.
The assertion came soon after five suspected immigration offenders were been found working at a Torquay restaurant, which has already been fined £30,000 for employing illegal staff.
Jane Farleigh, regional director of the UK Border Agency in Wales and South West, said: ‘There are strict rules about which foreign nationals can get a job in the UK and businesses have a clear responsibility to carry out the right checks.’
‘Last year we removed 180 offenders found in Devon and Cornwall from the UK, carried out 84 illegal working raids and handed out fines worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Steve Lamb, regional operations director of the UK Border Agency in North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, has separately asserted: ‘There is no excuse for an employer failing to check the identity of those applying for jobs. There are simple and straightforward ways of checking a foreign national’s right to work in the UK.
‘We support and encourage employers to comply with the rules and those who fail to do so can expect to get caught.’