Government Plans to Increase Fines for Illegal Working

Posted in : Supplementary Articles NI on 12 October 2023
Rob Tubman
A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland LLP
Issues covered: Immigration

The Home Secretary recently announced plans to increase fines for employers and landlords who facilitate illegal migrants to live and work in the UK.

Tackling illegal migration remains a key policy for this government; according to Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick, enforcement activity is on the rise, with unannounced visits designed to stop illegal working up 50% on 2022 levels.  

Key takeaways for employers:

  • The proposed changes are likely to come into force in 2024.
  • First time breaches will cost employers £45,000 per worker – up from £15,000.
  • The maximum fine for illegal working will triple – from £20,000 to £60,000 per worker.

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This article is correct at 12/10/2023

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Rob Tubman
A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland LLP

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