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The Home Office announced that increased fines for employers and landlords who employ or rent to illegal migrants will take effect Feb. 13.
Background: The increased fines represent the largest increase in civil penalties since 2014. The measure is designed to identify and reduce illegal migration and ensure only those eligible are able to work and receive benefits or access public services. Since the start of 2018, almost 5,000 civil penalties have been issued to employers with a total value of £88.4 million.
BAL Analysis: The Home Office encouraged all employers and landlords to verify the eligibility of anyone they employ or to whom they rent property. The U.K. immigration minister said the increased fines are intended to deter migrants from illegally crossing the English Channel by small boats. Employers should review their processes and be aware of their responsibilities and remain compliant with established rules and procedures.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.
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