Guidance

Civil penalty scheme for illegal working: code of practice

How the Home Office decides an employer's illegal-working fine (or civil penalty) for giving a job to an illegal worker.

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Employers must prevent illegal working in the UK by carrying out document checks on people before employing them to make sure they are allowed to work. This code of practice sets out the factors that the Home Office takes into account in deciding illegal-working fines (also known as civil penalties) for those employing people who don’t have the right to work in the UK.

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

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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 appeal against a Home Office decision, you can get a Positive Verification Notice from the Employer Checking Service.