Guidance

Immigration Act: part 1 - labour market and illegal working

Part 1 of the Immigration Act about the labour market and illegal working.

Documents

Labour market enforcement: factsheet

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Illegal working: factsheet

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Regulatory triage assessment

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Taxi licensing impact assessment

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Draft regulations: late hours catering, Scotland

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Draft regulations: alcohol licensing, Scotland

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Draft regulations: alcohol licensing, Northern Ireland

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Detail

Part 1 of the act will deal with the exploitation of the labour market by:

  • providing a logical enforcement strategy to crack down on serious exploitation of workers by establishing a new director who will oversee the relevant enforcement agencies
  • making it a criminal offence to work illegally, seizing illegal workers’ earnings as the proceeds of crime
  • making it easier to prosecute employers who deliberately or ‘turn a blind eye’ to employing illegal workers, and making sanctions tougher
  • creating powers to close businesses and apply special compliance measures to employers who continue to flout the law
  • ensuring that licenses for the sale of alcohol and late night refreshments are subject to compliance with immigration laws
  • addressing illegal working in licensed premises: draft regulations to make provision for Scotland and Northern Ireland which is equivalent to that for England and Wales