Businesses face fines for employing Illegal workers

24 October 2017

Two businesses in County Antrim and County Down are facing potential penalties totalling £80,000 after immigration offenders from China were found working at their premises.
In intelligence led operations, Immigration Enforcement officers visited Golden City, The Diamond, Ballymena on Saturday, 21 October and East Essence, Quayside, The Harbour, Ardglass, on Saturday, 7 October.
The businesses will each be served a referral notice in relation to the illegal workers. The notice warns that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed unless the employers can demonstrate that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work. If proof is not provided, this is a potential total of up to £60,000 for Golden City, and £20,000 for East Essence.
 
Mike Golden, from Immigration Enforcement in Northern Ireland, said:
"Those who use and exploit illegal workers face severe financial penalties.
"We are happy to work with businesses to ensure the right pre-employment checks are carried out, but those intent on operating outside the law will be found and will be punished.
Three men were arrested at Golden City. Two, aged 40 and 47, had entered the UK illegally while a 26-year-old had no permission to work.
A 26-year-old man with no permission to work was arrested at East Essence.
All the men are currently in immigration detention while steps are taken to remove them from the UK.
 
People with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 
Information to help employers carry out checks to prevent illegal working can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/employers-illegal-working-penalties
It includes a quick answer right-to-work tool to help employers check if someone has the right to work in the UK.
 
It includes a quick answer right-to-work tool to help employers check if someone has the right to work in the UK.

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