Penalties for illegal employment to be published

18 Nov 2011 | Posted by Carl Thomas

Quarterly reports detailing the penalties handed out over the past three months to people and organisations who employ illegal workers are due to be published shortly.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) will reveal the data to show the number of civil penalties issued, the number of illegal workers found and the value of the penalties broken down by geographical region with the UK.

In addition, any employers who have not paid or who are not making regular payments for a penalty 28 days after they have exhausted their objection or appeal rights will be named in the report, along with businesses that have been served with a second or subsequent penalty once they have exhausted their objection or appeal rights, regardless of whether or not any payment has been made.

The report comes after four workers were arrested by UKBA officers in a raid in Chadderton at the Rafi Halal Meat Wholesalers.

Four staff were found to be working illegally at the establishment and officers arrested two Bangladeshi men and two Pakistanis. All four are due to be removed from the country, while the business could be fined up to £40,000 if it is found not to have conducted the required right-to-work checks before hiring the men.

Eddy Montgomery, operations director in the north west for the UKBA, commented: “We are determined to stamp down on those businesses that ignore our immigration laws. Any employer who takes on foreign nationals without permission to work in the UK is breaking the law.

“If people ignore our immigration laws by working illegally, we will find them and seek to remove them from the country.”