In August 2015, the Government announced an Immigration Bill that will create a new criminal offence of illegal working.
This offence will carry a custodial sentence of six months, and will give authorities the power to seize earnings from illegal migrants.
The Bill will also contain measures specifically against takeaway restaurants and off-licences, who could lose their licences if they employ illegal workers.
Other businesses discovered using illegal workers will no longer be able to claim that they didn’t know a particular employee was not allowed to work.
Employers will need to show that they have carried out proper checks before taking them on.
The maximum sentence for guilty employers will increase from two to five years on top of the fines already in force.
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