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IMMIGRATION LAW : New codes of practice issued on illegal working

06 June 2014  

Jasmine Shergill summarises employers’ duties to check prospective employees’ right to work in the UK and to do so without discriminating against them

On 14 May, the Immigration Act 2014 came into force, making it easier to remove people who do not have a right to be in the UK. Among other things, it seeks to prevent illegal migrants accessing and abusing public services and taking up employment. One of the main changes affecting employers is that the maximum civil penalty for failing to prevent illegal working has been increased from £10,000 to £20,000.

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