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Illegal Working

Bringing in colleagues from outside the UK is an area where there are many potential issues. Cartwright King has specialists in all areas of immigration for business. These areas are not only the prevention of illegal working of all external hires in the UK, but also have correctly completed all of the relevant documentation for their case. Discovering an employee is working for your business illegally is not a situation any employer wants to find themselves in.

The Immigration Act 2006 stipulates that any incoming workforce not only have the right to work and live in the UK, but also that the businesses’ bringing them into the UK is adhering to the relevant laws. An employer has a duty to prevent illegal working and penalties associated for knowingly employing someone who is in the UK illegally incurs a fine of up to £20,000 for each worker. However, these fines are not restricted to businesses that knowingly employ individuals. Employers should note that ignorance of the employee status is not accepted by the Home Office as an acceptable defence. We recommend employers ensure that they have all the relevant documentation for each employee to protect the business from liability for a civil penalty. 

Ensuring that all the relevant documents and checks are fulfilled can be a time consuming and complicated task, especially so if you do not have someone experienced in these areas. Cartwright King specialists are fully conversant in hires from outside the UK, and can ensure that all the documentation is completed legally and successfully, protecting your business and employees. Auditing and confirming compliance will enable your business to move forward with the right people at the right time, in a capacity that will prevent any comeback on the company. Minimising any negative impact will give you the peace of mind that everything is being taken care of.

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Cartwright King lawyers are all experts in the complexities of Immigration Law and can provide advice in many separate areas, illegal working being one of them. Supporting, advising and representing clients through the process, they will ensure that all of the options available are considered and will advise on what additional material if any may be required to strengthen the case. Guiding clients through the process, each lawyer has knowledge to create the most robust appeals and resolve any queries with the Home Office and UKVI.

Whether looking for entry clearance, further leave to remain or any other immigration query, Cartwright King represent clients in all areas. Call us today on 0808 168 5550, or email us using the enquiry form below.

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