Avoiding civil penalties: statutory excuse checksheet

This guidance helps employers check documents needed by potential employees to avoid fines of up to a maximum of £20,000 per illegal worker.


Statutory Excuse Checksheet

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The statutory excuse can be used by employers as a defence against a potential illegal working fine. This checksheet:

  • tells employers how to seek a defence
  • includes acceptable documents needed to establish a continuous statutory excuse

The illegal-working penalties collection includes all documents for employers on preventing illegal working.

Published 23 May 2014