Following the Queen’s speech in May 2015, a new immigration bill is due to be introduced in autumn 2015, affecting illegal workers and businesses employing illegal workers in the United Kingdom.
The Government want to reduce the demand for skilled migrant workers and stop the exploitation of low-skilled workers by making it a criminal offence to illegally work in the UK. A new enforcement agency will be created to take action against businesses employing illegal workers, and also making it illegal for employment agencies to only recruit abroad without first advertising in the UK.
What this means for illegal workers:-
- If caught working illegally workers could face a prison sentence of up to six months, have their wages confiscated and even be deported.
What this means for businesses:-
- Employing illegal workers could result in a prison sentence, which is to be increased from two years to five years, there will also be a fine of up to £20,000 and they could also lose their business licence; and
- The legal defence will also change as they will need to carry out correct checks and ensure that all documentation is legitimate.