On Friday, 14th August 2015 Immigration Officers unexpectedly raided the East London sandwich factory owned by Greencore. Over 30 people were arrested in connection with immigration laws. The GLA director of strategy, Darryl Dixon wanted to point out in the interview that a factory being raided without notice is “not unusual” in fact, it’s a well-known occurrence, in particular connection with large factories where an unskilled workforce is employed to undertake day-to-day operational tasks.

As reported by The Recruiter, this is yet another example of immigration laws being ‘over-looked’ in the UK. Greencore and their preferred supplier could now face fines of up to £20,000 per worker if it’s found that they failed to check the workers documents correctly.

The Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 (The Act)

FACT: Civil Penalties (Fines) of up to £20,000 for each illegal worker employed. With the potential for up to 2 years imprisonment if a company is found to have ‘knowingly employed’ an illegal worker.

As an employer in the UK it is vital to take your responsibilities towards the prevention of illegal migrant working seriously. Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 (the Act) contains legislation regarding the employment of overseas workers. At Orbital Recruitment, we are fully committed to ensuring that all of our agency workers have the relevant paperwork to work in the UK.

Are you aware of these key factors about Immigration?

According to Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 there are 3 key factors that should be taken into consideration when recruiting workers from outside the UK. These are listed bellow:

1. It is a criminal offence for you to hire someone who has no right to work in the UK, or no right to preform the work you are offering.

2. Checking and copying certain original documents that belong to your employee, you can establish a statutory defense against conviction for employing an illegal worker.

3. You are obliged to ensure that your recruitment practices do not discriminate against individuals on racial grounds.

Comprehensive 28 step process immigration compliance checklist

At Orbital Recruitment we have a robust and thorough system that follows a 28 point compliance checklist. This ensures that the workforce we employ all have the legal right to work in the UK. To provide peace of mind for our clients the applications go through a further stage of control at our Head Office, where the applications are ‘double checked’ for correctness and suitability, meaning no vital information is missing.

We are committed to maintaining our high standards and demonstrating that compliance and ethics are at the heart of what we do.

Sarah Chambers, Compliance Manager for Orbital comments “I think this recent article published by The Recruiter, highlights the importance of stringent compliance checks to ensure any person placed into work has the right to work in the UK and are working legally. As a recruitment partner for a large number of clients we have a responsibility to ensure we are not knowingly employing and supplying illegal workers. This is why compliance is so important to Orbital Recruitment”.

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By Helen Younger

Orbital Recruitment are a supplier of personnel for both temporary and permanent vacancies to companies throughout the UK. A specialist in delivering bespoke recruitment solutions tailored to companies needs. Find out more about the recruitment services we offer or call 0333 323 2121 to speak to a member of the team who will be happy to help.