On 12 July, the Home Office published updated guidance for employers to following the commencement of illegal working provisions.
The UK Government recently announced fundamental changes to the Tier 2 categories.
In 2015, the government had commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to review the Tier 2 immigration categories. The MAC were specifically requested to advise on how to make the Tier 2 criteria more robust yet flexible enough to allow key skills shortages to be met within the UK.
Having considered MAC’s recommendations and in March 2016 announced key changes to Tier 2.
Right to Work checks can cause HR professionals and businesses no end of stress. Get it wrong and the Home Office can impose heavy (and sometimes crippling) fines or civil penalties of £20,000 per unlawfully employed person. A sponsor licence can be suspended and then there is the reputational damage and at worse, criminal convictions of up to 5 years for serious offenders.