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Could you be accidentally employing an illegal worker?

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Increases in fines for illegal working coming (up to £60K)

Current fines (max £15K for first offenders) will increase in 2024 to a maximum of £45K for the worst of first offenders and £60K for repeat offenders – and that is per illegal worker.

Importance of employee data management 

As employers, it’s crucial to be conscientious about the data we collect and store. Not only are there potential penalties associated with missing right to work documentation, but there’s also the complexities of GDPR to consider.

Employers should only hold sufficient employee personal information for processes like payroll and due diligence for right to work purposes. Other data should be held only if needed for a lawful purpose, and then only as long as necessary.

As fines for employing illegal workers are set to rise significantly in 2024, it’s essential to retain proper right to work evidence to avoid crippling penalties. But remember, it’s about balancing the necessity of data collection with compliance.

JCHR 4 minute read

Our partner site @ JCHR has just published a useful quick read guide for employers. JCHR provides payroll and HR outsourcing under a single contract, and as each team needs different data to perform their functions, MDs Nick Butler (payroll) and Bill Larke (HR) discuss how they process employee data. The article covers the increase in illegal worker fines and the auditing services available to assist employers in their due diigence.

For the article, click here.  (You will be taken to the JCHR website).

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