Illegal working penalties: codes of practice for employers

Statutory codes of practice to help employers prevent illegal working and understand the civil penalties they face when they employ illegal workers.

This collection includes codes of practice for employers on:

  • preventing illegal working – including how the Home Office calculates a civil penalty
  • avoiding discrimination when carrying out right to work checks

You can also read our quick guide to checking a job applicant’s right to work documents.

Read the employer guidance on how to check whether an employee or prospective employee has the right to work in the UK.

The quarterly reports show the civil penalties for illegal working issued to non-compliant employers in each region of the UK.


Published 7 September 2018
Last updated 13 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated codes of practice
  2. First published.