Why have I been issued a Civil Penalty Notice for employing an Illegal Worker?
Immigration legislation has been put in place since 2006 under which employers can be fined for hiring illegal employees. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that they are not employing anyone who does not have the right to work in the UK.
Illegal workers can include:
- Any foreign national who does not have the correct visa to work in the UK
- Foreign students who work for more hours than they are permitted by their visa
- Any visiting foreign nationals who then take up work while on a visitor’s visa
What can I do to challenge the Civil Penalty Notice?
An employer can object to a civil penalty notice within 28 days of it being issued, and then can appeal at the county court.
You may be able to have a penalty withdrawn if you can show complete compliance with the required documentation checks that an employer should have taken before hiring a foreign national as an employee.
A penalty charge amount may be substantially reduced if an employer can show that they have fully cooperated with any Home Office investigation and also already taken sufficient steps to verify that an employee was in the UK legally and entitled to work. An experienced immigration solicitor from Asons can help you through the process.
How can I avoid being served a Civil Penalty Notice?
Asons can also advise you on how to make the correct checks to see if a job applicant has the right to work in the UK, which documents that person must complete and provide snd how to prevent your workers from doing so illegally.
The immigration department of Asons Solicitors can assist you if you have been served a civil penalty notice for employing illegal workers.
Call us on 01204 894 866, between 9am and 5pm, and Asons’ immigration department will advise you further.