Massive Fines Increase for Rogue Bosses Hiring Illegal Migrant Workers


Rogue bosses who hire illegal migrants face fines of up to £60,000 from today. The penalties for employers are more than tripling in the biggest hike for 10 years.

Crackdown on Bogus Workers

Illegal immigration minister Michael Tomlinson sent rogue bosses a warning. Ministers hope the crackdown on bogus workers will help end the "pull factor" for small boat arrivals. Landlords caught renting out their properties to illegal arrivals will also be stung with heftier fines.

Stiff Penalties for Employers

Fines for an employer's first breach will ramp up from £15,000 to £45,000 from today, with repeated offences rising from £20,000 to £60,000.

Tougher Measures for Landlords

Landlords will be handed £5,000 fines per lodger and £10,000 per occupier for a first breach – up from £80 and £1,000 – and repeated breaches will double that.

Cracking Down on Illegal Practices

Since 2018, more than 6,000 fines have been given to rogue employers at a total £105 million. The harsher sanctions were announced last year but kicked in at midnight last night.

Illegal migration minister Michael Tomlinson said: "Illegal working enforcement visits ramped up by nearly 70 per cent last year. By robustly cracking down on those who facilitate these illegal practices, we are providing a vital deterrent against making dangerous and unnecessary journeys to the UK. Carrying out the appropriate checks is simple, straightforward, and a legal requirement – there is no excuse, and those who don't will face these stringent penalties."

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