Government announces clamp down on employment of illegal workers

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|By JEREMY ALLIN & KATE FRETTEN, partners, Lester Aldridge Solicitors, Bournemouth. Tel: 01202 786161| Home secretary David Blunkett says changes to the law will make it easier to prosecute companies who employ illegal workers. New guidance for employers will clarify what documents they are required to see as proof of entitlement to work. This guidance needs to be read in conjunction with the requirements set out by Schedule 2 of the Care Homes Regulations 2001. Documents which have been exploited by forgers will no longer provide a defence against prosecution for illegal employment. The Government is also considering whether to increase penalties for those employing illegal workers. The new Regulations come into force on May 1, 2004 and are part of a cross-government approach to illegal working. The legislation The main piece of legislation that deals with immigration and work permit issues is the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996. Under Section 8 of the Act, it is a criminal offence to employ a person aged 16

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