Imposition of Civil Penalty

A civil penalty under the Immigration Act is a penalty that is given to an employer who knew or had ‘reasonable cause to believe’ that one of their employees did not have the right to work in the UK.  Employers face civil penalties of up to £20,000 for each employee with no right to work if they have failed to carry out checks properly.

Employers can also face criminal penalties if they had reasonable cause to believe an employee did not have to right to work or have a prison sentence of five years if they are believed to have knowingly employed illegal workers. 

We can advise you on how to protect your business from civil penalties and challenging any civil penalty imposed by the Home Office.

Please contact us for further information.

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