Immigration

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.


Brexit transition period could be extended by ‘a matter of months’

Theresa May has suggested that the transition period after Brexit could be extended by “a matter of months”.

Preparing for...

Farmers should not get ‘privileged’ access to workers after Brexit

18 Oct 2018

The chair of the Migration Advisory Committee has said that UK farmers should no longer get “privileged” access to low-skilled...

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10 things graduate recruiters need to know about UK immigration

15 Oct 2018

As employers begin to ramp up their graduate recruitment programmes for 2019, what considerations do they need to bear in...

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EU searches for construction and health jobs fall as Brexit fears grow

11 Oct 2018

The construction industry is the sector of the economy hardest hit by a decline of interest among jobseekers from EU...

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Cabinet agrees EU workers should not be favoured post-Brexit

25 Sep 2018

The cabinet has agreed with the recommendation made by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) that EU migrants should face the...

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What does the MAC report mean for employers?

19 Sep 2018

The Migration Advisory Committee (‘MAC’) finally published its long-awaited report this week, after it was commissioned by the Government to...

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Keeping workers moving after a no-deal Brexit

18 Sep 2018

Although the government recently confirmed UK workers’ rights would remain the same in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit, there...

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MAC report: New immigration system should not favour EEA migrants

18 Sep 2018

A post-Brexit immigration system should make it easier for highly-skilled workers to move to the UK and should not favour...

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Brexit work

Brexit: How can HR keep EU workers in the UK?

18 Sep 2018

As the Brexit negotiations approach their final months, Louise Haycock provides a pragmatic analysis of what employers can do to...

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UK HR managers under-prepared for no-deal Brexit

11 Sep 2018

More than two-thirds of HR managers believe that UK voters would opt to stay in the EU if there were...

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Pilot visa scheme announced for non-EU migrant farm workers

6 Sep 2018

The government has announced a pilot visa scheme for non-EU migrants working on fruit and vegetable farms after the UK...

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Top 10 HR questions August 2018 – Brexit and executive pay ratios

4 Sep 2018

While progress has been made in some areas of the Brexit negotiations, including agreement on the rights of EU citizens...

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Migration experts highlight Brexit risks for low-skilled jobs

31 Aug 2018

A new study on how low-skilled roles will be filled in the UK after Brexit has warned that alternatives to...

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Number of EU migrants arriving in UK lowest since 2012

23 Aug 2018

The annual number of EU citizens moving to the UK has fallen to its lowest since 2012, suggesting that the...

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EU migrants will have right to stay in no-deal Brexit

21 Aug 2018

EU migrants will be given the right to stay in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according...

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