Employers: illegal working penalties

Information to help employers prevent illegal working and understand the fines (civil penalties) they face when they employ illegal workers.

This collection includes documents about preventing illegal working and illegal working penalties for employers. It includes:

  • guidance on preventing illegal working
  • codes of practice for civil penalties and avoiding discrimination
  • lists of employers that have been fined
  • policy for publishing employers’ details

Check if someone can work in the UK using our quick answer tool.

If you’re reasonably satisfied that the worker has an outstanding application with the Home Office that was made before their previous leave expired or has an outstanding administrative review or appeal against a Home Office decision, you can get a Positive Verification Notice which confirms their right to work from the Employer Checking Service.