New laws tackling illegal migrant workers came into force in February this year. The rules mean that employers face fines of up to £10,000 per staff member and a two-year prison sentence for knowingly employing illegal workers.
Four months on, the government has now decided to name and shame the UK employers that have been fined for employing illegal workers. The vast majority of the 35 businesses were restaurants and take-aways, and they were fined a total of £303,000.
HRZone.co.uk carried out a poll back in February, which showed that 37% of employers do not check the legality of workers until the candidate has accepted the job offer.
So have your checking processes changed since the new regulations came into force? Tell us by voting in our poll and leaving any comments below.
Has your legality of workers policy changed since new rules came into force?
Yes, I’ve started checking workers’ legality as a result of the rules
No, I know about the new rules but don’t check workers’ legality
No, I didn’t know about the new rules and don’t check workers’ legality
No, I was checking workers’ legality before the new rules came into force