Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s announcement that businesses must source migrant labour through legal means or face severe penalties.
The measures have been announced as part of the Government’s comprehensive programme to reform Britain’s immigration controls.
The Government is setting out new measures to prevent illegal working following a consultation with UK businesses. Under a new system of civil penalties, employers who negligently hire illegal workers could face a maximum fine of £10,000 for each illegal worker found at a business. If employers are found to have knowingly hired illegal workers they could incur an unlimited fine and be sent to prison.
These measures, which take effect in February, will make it easier than ever before for employers to carry out checks and for the Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) to deal with non-compliance.
David Hanson said:
“The civil penalties announced will form part of the biggest immigration shake-up for forty years.
“Other measures being introduced include, an Australian-style Points Based System to make sure only workers with the skills to benefit Britain’s economy come to the UK; a single border force bringing together the Border and Immigration Agency, Customs and UK Visas providing a tougher, highly visible policing presence at Britain’s ports and airports; and compulsory ID cards for foreign nationals allowing us to know who is here and what they are entitled to.
“It is essential that we stamp out illegal working and ensure that the National Minimum Wage is properly enforced for those that are here legally.”