Why it is risky for UK employers to employ people without carrying out a right to work check



Employers in the UK must carry out document checks (Right to work checks) on people before employing them to make sure they are allowed to work.

Sue MacLeod, Chief Investigator of Insolvent Investigations, Midlands & West at the Insolvency Service, said: “Illegal workers are not protected under employment law, and as well as cheating legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities, these employers defraud the taxpayer and undercut honest competitors.”

Mr MacLeod made the remarks after Guat Gor Goh, the director of a Newcastle restaurant company, was disqualified from acting as a director for seven years by Newcastle County Court for allowing the company to employ illegal workers.

Ms Goh of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, a director of Golden Paragon Ltd from 24 February 2011 to 17 September 2013, was found on 9 May 2013, to be employing three workers who were not eligible to work in the UK, while she was a director.

The business, a restaurant, went into liquidation on 17th September 2013, owing £184,187 to creditors, including £15,000 for a fine imposed by Home Office Immigration and Enforcement for employing illegal workers.

The Court Order bans Ms Goh from acting as a company director or from managing or in any way controlling a limited company until 2023.

“This should serve as a warning to other directors who may feel tempted to break the law,” Mr MacLeod said. “The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 makes employers responsible for preventing illegal workers in the UK. To comply with the law, a company must check and be able to prove documents have been checked prior to recruitment showing a person is entitled to work.”


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