Changes to immigration law making it easier to prosecute employers for employing illegal workers have come into force across the UK.
Since 12 July 2016, an employer who employs someone who they have ‘reasonable cause to believe’ has no right to work in the UK is committing an offence.
In practice, this means employers must be able to demonstrate that they have taken reasonable steps to check potential workers’ immigration status before employing them. Prior to the changes, an offence was only committed if the employer knew that the employee in question was working illegally.
‘Employment’ is defined widely to include apprenticeships and contracts for services.
Read more about the changes at: www.out-law.com