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.


EU settled status: how employers can help their European staff

Last week Personnel Today ran an opinion piece which criticised the EU Settlement Scheme, the process that EU, EEA or...

EU settled status scheme looks far from settled

11 Jun 2019

Home Office cannot afford to ignore the lessons of the Windrush scandal and suffer the resulting reputational damage.

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EU Settlement Scheme

MPs say EU settlement scheme risks Windrush re-run

30 May 2019

The scheme could lead to the unnecessary and unlawful deportations of people who should be entitled to live and work in the UK.

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Expand shortage occupation list to meet skills needs

29 May 2019

The shortage occupation list should be expanded to allow more migrant workers to fill a wider range of health, IT...

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Immigration rules on same-sex partners remain tough

24 May 2019

Only a third of countries allow same-sex spouses to qualify as dependents on immigration applications, while just 30% allow same-sex partners this qualification.

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No EU settlement scheme applications rejected in initial phase

3 May 2019

The Home Office has announced that more than 600,000 EU citizens had applied to stay in the UK in the...

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‘Asylum migrants’ earn less than UK-born workers

25 Apr 2019

People that come to the UK as “asylum migrants” are more likely to be unemployed, earn less and work fewer...

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Half of staff fear Brexit redundancies within a year

18 Apr 2019

Almost half of employees think their employer will make redundancies over the next year, fearing Brexit will result in financial instability.

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Brexit extension: Will employers be kept in the dark?

11 Apr 2019

The UK and the EU have agreed a “flexible extension” of Brexit until 31 October, but will this Halloween exit...

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Language skills – introducing the Occupational English Test to OH nursing

5 Apr 2019

Brexit has put demand for overseas healthcare workers, including occupational health (OH) and occupational therapy (OT), firmly in the spotlight....

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New flexibility in immigration rules allays skills gap fears

2 Apr 2019

Given the Brexit crisis there are few certainties about future immigration rules but for Claire Nilson and Hodon Buraleh, there were encouraging signs in Philip Hammond's...

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Will immigration costs deter talent after Brexit?

15 Mar 2019

How the UK manages Brexit may hang in the balance this week, but one certainty is that costs will rise...

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Government extends group of occupations exempt from £30,000 visa threshold

11 Mar 2019

The government has announced an extension to the number of professions that will be exempt from the proposed £30,000 minimum...

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Report proposes new visas to tackle tech skills gaps

4 Mar 2019

The government should create a new class of visas specifically for technology firms “with the most growth potential” to help...

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Top 10 HR questions February 2019: Redundancy, FTCs and maternity leave

1 Mar 2019

When faced with the need to make redundancies, how should an employer decide which employees to select?
Redundancy exercises bring...

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