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UK Border Agency | Double trouble for takeaway employing illegal workers

Swansea Valley business could face a fine of up to £50,000 for employing illegal workers.
After the documents of staff were checked, five Chinese workers were found to have no legal right to be employed in the United Kingdom.
The takeaway was issued with an on-the-spot penalty notice for employing the five illegal workers.
To avoid a fine of up to £50,000 (up to £10,000 per illegal worker), the employers must prove to us that they carried out the correct right-to-work checks to employ workers from outside the European Union, such as asking for passports or work permits.
'The message is clear for employers - we will not tolerate illegal working. It is a crime that not only undercuts local business but also has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.
'There are simple ways of checking a foreign national's right to work and there is no excuse for not checking the identity of those applying for jobs.
'We support and encourage employers to comply with the rules, but when they fail to do so it is right that we crack down on them.'
A tough new civil penalty system was brought in last year to provide a fast and effective way of tackling employers who fail to carry out proper checks on workers from outside Europe.
A fine of up to £10,000 per worker can be imposed for every illegal worker found at a business.
Guidance for employers on preventing illegal working can be found on the UK Border Agency website, www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/employingmigrants or by calling the UK Border Agency Employers' Helpline on 0845 010 6677.
Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed in Wales can contact the UK Border Agency on 029 2092 4727.


Workers in Wales? Wow!

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