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Employers must ensure that individuals who are recruited have the legal right to work in the UK. Employers cannot employ an individual who is subject to immigration control and who has not been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK, or does not have permission to work in the UK.
All potential employees are required to provide evidence of entitlement to work in the UK. Requests for documentation should therefore be applied to all potential employees, not just those coming from abroad.
Employers are liable for fines for negligently employing illegal workers and can be prosecuted under the criminal offence of knowingly employing illegal workers.
3 Apr 2020
EU citizens applying to remain in the UK following Brexit have been warned their application may take longer to be...
1 Apr 2020
Home secretary Priti Patel has announced that frontline NHS workers whose visas are due to expire before 1 October will...
31 Mar 2020
Right to work checks can now be carried out using scanned or online documents.
24 Mar 2020
How much more can HR do to protect supply chains and the people that work within them, five years on from the Modern Slavery Act passing into law?
12 Mar 2020
Given the covid-19 coronavirus has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget announcement...
4 Mar 2020
Gaining a sponsor licence will be crucial for many organisations under the new immigration system; but it can be a complex procedure.
3 Mar 2020
How to respond to the risk of the spread of coronavirus is the subject of February’s most popular FAQs.
28 Feb 2020
Non-EU immigration has increased again but is driven by people - predominantly from Asia - coming to study.
24 Feb 2020
Employers have been advised not to panic in reaction to the newly published details on the proposed points-based immigration system...
21 Feb 2020
The government’s points-based immigration rules could increase the risk of worker exploitation, human trafficking and modern slavery by criminal gangs,...
19 Feb 2020
Low-skilled workers would not get a visa under the government’s proposed points-based immigration scheme, details of which have been published...
17 Feb 2020
Business consultancy warns of skills shortfall as number of visa applications from non-EU skilled workers has fallen.
14 Feb 2020
Downing Street has announced that the new points-based immigration system will be implemented from 1 January 2021.
10 Feb 2020
Boris Johnson and home secretary Priti Patel are expected to announce their immigration reforms on Friday, which reportedly include plans...