Employers of illegal workers in the UK now face tougher penalties including a fine of up to £20,000 per employee. This is one of the measures introduced today by the Immigration Act 2014.
The new law will make it simpler to check the immigration status of potential employees and double the maximum penalty for employers who break the law.
The number of acceptable documents employers have to check has been reduced, as well as the frequency with which these have to occur.
Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said: “Illegal working is not a victimless crime. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
“These measures send out a strong message to those who break the rules and hire illegal workers. Through the Immigration Act we are also making it easier to enforce the payment of these penalties through the courts.”
Under the Immigration Act 2014, private landlords in the UK will be required to check the immigration status of tenants.
There will be a clamp down on people who try to gain an immigration advantage by entering into a sham marriage or civil partnership.
Temporary migrants with time-limited immigration status will be required to make a financial contribution to the National Health Service.
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