New guidance for employers on preventing illegal working has been published by the UK Border Agency. The guidance updates the information previously issued in February 2008 and is designed to help employers understand the law on illegal working and what they need to do to comply.
The new document, Comprehensive Guidance for Employers on Preventing Illegal Working: November 2010 is an update of the original comprehensive guidance, which was published in February 2008 at the start of the illegal working civil penalty regime. It includes details of document checks that employers are advised to undertake, and provides up-to-date images of the documents, stamps and endorsements that may be presented by migrant workers as evidence of their right to work in the UK.
The main changes include: (i) confirmation that employers can accept evidence of status in expired passports and travel documents (with the exception of the certificate of entitlement to the right of abode); (ii) updated images of documents, stamps and endorsements; (iii) 2 new appendices – Appendix B (‘Employing asylum seekers and refugees’) and Appendix D (‘Employing students’); and (iv) updated contact details for further information.
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