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.


Physio pursues unfair dismissal claim while fighting deportation

An NHS physiotherapist is fighting a Home Office attempt to remove her from the UK after being dismissed from her job.

General election: What should HR know about immigration proposals?

5 Dec 2019

What are the major parties proposing for immigration?

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Main parties’ migration policies pose threat to NHS staffing

4 Dec 2019

Both the Conservatives’ and Labour’s migration policies would worsen understaffing in the NHS and social care, according to a report...

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UK faces university brain drain as EU academics quit posts

2 Dec 2019

The number of EU academics working in the UK to have quit their jobs has accelerated since the Brexit referendum,...

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Business leaders question migration policy as EU workers return ‘home’

28 Nov 2019

The CBI has queried how a post-Brexit immigration system would function as new figures confirm the decline in EU net...

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Need for home care workers outstrips police and nurses

28 Nov 2019

As many as 90,000 home care workers for the over 65s are needed if the main parties’ manifesto pledges to...

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Conservative manifesto reveals plans to help UK workers ‘flourish’

25 Nov 2019

Boris Johnson has vowed to “invest in Britain’s people by giving them the tools and training to flourish in the 21st century”.

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Hotel sector failing to protect ‘vulnerable workforce’ from modern slavery

22 Nov 2019

Only 18 of 71 global hotel firms operating in the UK have met the minimum requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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Health leaders urge government not to increase immigration surcharge

20 Nov 2019

Leaders of the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Physicians and the British Medical Association have written a...

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UK workers in Europe lose opportunities over Brexit uncertainty

15 Nov 2019

Loss of freedom of movement affects job prospects of UK workers.

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Labour would retain freedom of movement for NHS staff

13 Nov 2019

A Labour government, post-Brexit, would retain freedom of movement from the EU for NHS medical professionals, shadow health secretary Jonathan...

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General election 2019: when politics and work mix

12 Nov 2019

How can employers prevent employees from electioneering at work? Should the workforce be banned from highlighting their political allegiances in...

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Health sector sceptical of Johnson’s immigration plans

8 Nov 2019

Health workers hoping to take up jobs in the UK will benefit from preferential immigration processes with the introduction of...

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Home Office holds up NHS overseas doctors scheme

4 Nov 2019

Plans to expand a scheme that allows medical trainees from overseas to learn and work in the NHS, have been...

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Global mobility and HR summit comes to London

23 Oct 2019

London hosts the Forum for Expatriate Management’s 2019 Global Mobility Summit next month with Brexit and immigration high on the...

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