The UK Border Agency has launched an updated guidance for employers on preventing 'illegal working' to help them check if someone has a right to work.
The guidance has been completely revised to make it easier to read and provides information on which documents are acceptable when proving a right to work. It also helps in understanding what is expected of employers in making the checks.
Employers who do not carry out these checks and are found employing workers illegally could be fined £10,000 for each illegal worker or face up to two years in prison.
The guidance available on the UK Border Agency’s website includes the following changes: More information relating to biometric residence permits, specifically to those that show a holder has indefinite leave to stay in the UK; information on the various work restrictions placed on students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA); the impact of fines when applying for a sponsor licence or on licensed sponsors; and best practice recommendations when carrying out document checks
The guidance also contains more detailed information on employing Romanian and Bulgarian nationals.