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Preventing Illegal Working and Ensuring Effective Right to Work Policies

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

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.

This one day workshop, presented by a former Chief Immigration Officer with the UK Border Agency provides the practical knowledge and resources to properly establish the statutory excuse and to help you to prevent illegal working within your organisation and includes:

Illegal working – an overview

  • The legal 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

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£225 (+VAT) for ALP Members



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