UNITED KINGDOM – Home Office Formalizes Fines for Illegal Employment

January 30, 2024

By: Danielle Greenhill

The UK Home Office has released updated details of the fines employers will now face for illegal employment. Effective from February 13, 2024, the minimum fine will increase from £20,000 to £45,000 for each worker found to be working illegally. In its published framework, the Home Office confirms that this new minimum will be applied to ‘first time offenders’ only, but that the exact charge will be reviewed in line with the circumstances of the employment—including whether the worker used deception in obtaining employment. Furthermore, for those employers that pay via a fast payment option, a 30% reduction of the fine can be levied.

Those employers with multiple incidences of illegal employment can expect the full maximum fine of £60,000 per illegal worker to be applied.

The changes have been announced in line with the latest issue of the Home Office Code of Practice on preventing illegal working: Right to Work Scheme that was set before Parliament on 23rd January 2024.

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