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Preventing Illegal Working

All employers have a duty to check that their employees are legally entitled to work in the UK. Since the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 came into effect, knowingly employing an illegal worker has been a criminal offence. At the same time employers face civil penalties of up to £20,000 per illegal worker found without having obtained a statutory excuse.

Establishing a statutory excuse gives employers a defence against conviction and an excuse from payment of a civil penalty if they are found to have employed an illegal migrant worker. A compliant ID check is where employers can provide copies of the allowable documents for all relevant employees and can prove that the required steps were taken when checking these documents.

But do you know how to establish whether an ID document is counterfeit or genuine?

Upcoming Dates & Venues

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May 7, 2019 Sittingbourne, Kent Cross and Wells Ltd, Castle Road, Eurolink Business Park, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 3RN Book Now
July 9, 2019 March, Peterborough Greenvale AP Ltd, Floods Ferry Road, March, PE15 0UW Book Now
September 19, 2019 Spalding, Lincolnshire Emmett UK Ltd. Washway Road, Fosdyke, Spalding, PE12 6LQ Book Now


This one day workshop provides the practical knowledge and resources to properly establish the statutory excuse and to help you to prevent illegal working within your organisation.

Presented by a former Chief Immigration Officer with the UK Border Agency.


Illegal Working – an overview

  • The kegal framework
  • Civil Penalties
  • The Employer Offence/The Criminal Offence
  • UKBA penalties
  • The risks in getting it wrong

Establishing the Statutory Excuse

  • A step-by-step guide on the procedural requirements to check entitlement to work, record keeping, repeat checks and how to avoid racial discrimination

Entry Routes to Work legally in the UK

  • Who can work in the UK?
  • A8 Worker’s Registration Scheme
  • A2 Nationals
  • Posted Workers
  • Sector based Scheme
  • Non EEA Nationals Points Bases System
  • Other categories of workers outside the EEA

Allowable Documents – Spotting Forgeries and Preventing Impostors

  • Expert guidance on how to recognise forged and counterfeit identity documents

Technological Solutions

  • An insight into the latest technology to automatically detect forged documents and impostors


The Westwood Organisation Ltd – Ian Westwood

Ian is Director of The Westwood Organisation (TWO) Ltd and a former UKBA.
The Westwood Organisation Ltd is a niche immigration consultancy involved in:
–Training, Compliance checks, Audit, Policy writing
–Applications on behalf of companies and individuals
–Sponsor set up and management
–Document checking and verification

Designed For

This workshop is recommended for Recruitment and HR professionals responsible for ensuring in-house immigration compliance during recruitment.

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£225 (+VAT) for ALP Members



Contact: 01276 509306 or email  if you have further questions.

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