UK Employers Obligations
UK employers must ensure that when recruiting
all new employees that they comply with the requirements of
the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996.
The Government announced on 16 March 2004
changes to be made to section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration
Act 1996: the law for employers on preventing illegal working.
These came into force on 1 May 2004.
Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration
Act 1996 makes it a criminal offence to employ someone who has
no right to work in the UK or no right to do the work being
offered. It also gives employers a statutory defence against
convictions for employing an illegal worker provided that the
employer carries out the correct document checks and procedures.
We can assist employers in reviewing their
recruitment procedures at all levels to ensure compliance with
We can help employers in recruiting prospective
employees by identifying whether or not it will be possible
to obtain an immigration
clearance or if an exemption is available for an
We are then able to assist the employer
in applying for and obtaining the relevant immigration clearance.