Opinion

Employers urged to seek legal advice on migrants

21st May 2015

David Cameron has put immigration firmly on the agenda as one of the priorities of the new government with plans announced today to adopt a 'tough but fair' approach to illegal workers.

But measures which include plans to seize the wages of workers highlight the fact that employers need to be clear as to the law when employing workers from outside the EU.

"Statistics show that foreign workers contribute billions of pounds to the UK economy," comments Simon Bond, an expert in Employment law at Midlands' law firm, Higgs & Sons.

"Many British businesses rely on the skills of people from around the world to fill roles that are not currently being met by British workers.

"But employers need to be mindful that if they pay wages to illegal migrants they are breaking the law, and could face fines of £20,000 per illegal worker."

And he urges all employers of non-EU nationals to seek legal advice on the ever-changing complexities of employment legislation.

Simon added: "At Higgs, we have a specialist team of lawyers who can guide you through the overlap between immigration law and employment law, and help you fill roles legitimately employing foreign workers."

Higgs can advise on all aspects of business immigration to the UK, including:

  • A variety of visa applications
  • Compliance with UK immigration law
  • Prevention of illegal working
  • Immigration appeals

If you would like advice on immigration and the issues faced by your business, contact Simon Bond on 01384 327333 or simon.bond@higgsandsons.co.uk

 

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