Employers unsure of the steps to avoid hiring illegal workers can visit Border Agency website
Tags: Crimestoppers, Employers Helpline, points based system
4th September 2009: The UK Border Agency has started naming on its website employers, who have been fined under the new rules for employing illegal workers.
The Home Office says employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit the UK Border Agency website or they can call the UK Border Agency’s Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.
Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be assured.
The steps are a part of the Home Office’s endeavour to discourage hiring of illegal employees; and come at a time of massive reform to the United Kingdom’s immigration system.
The Government is rolling out an Australian-style points based system for managing migration, ensuring only those with the skills the United Kingdom needs are allowed to work.
Civil penalties for businesses who fail to carry out the proper checks when employing migrants from outside Europe were introduced by the Government last year, allowing employers to be fined up to £10,000 per illegal employee.