Fines are to be tripled for employers who employ staff without the right to work

On Monday 7 August, the Home Secretary announced that the civil penalty for employers will be raised up to £45,000 per “illegal worker” for a first breach from the previous £15,000, and up to £60,000 for repeat breaches from £20,000.

The fines for landlords will also increase from £80 per lodger and £1,000 per occupier for a first breach to up to £5,000 per lodger and £10,000 per occupier. Repeat breaches will be up to £10,000 per lodger and £20,000 per occupier.

The higher penalties will come in at the start of 2024.

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