In May 2014, the Government increased the civil penalty levied against employers that are found to be employing illegal workers from £10,000 to £20,000 for each employee found to be working illegally. This and the other changes indicate that illegal working continues to be firmly on the Government's radar and that it is focusing its efforts on businesses that knowingly or negligently employ illegal workers, rather than on the workers themselves.

Natalie Razeen, associate in the employment and immigration team, looks at the perils for businesses who employ illegal workers.

This article was first published in Tolley's Employment Law Newsletter, April 2015.

The perils for employers who employ illegal workers - Tolley's Employment Law Newsletter - April 2015.pdf