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UNITED KINGDOM: Home Office Announces More Measures to Curb Illegal Working Practices

On April 9, 2014, the UK government announced its latest plans to tackle a number of additional illegal working practices.  The civil penalty for employing undocumented migrants has increased, from £10,000 to £20,000.

Additional measures include:

  • increasing from £5,000 to £20,000 the maximum fine for employers paying below the National Minimum Wage, thus bringing it in line with the maximum penalty for employing undocumented migrants
  • new regulations to tackle recruitment agencies that discriminate against UK workers by recruiting solely from abroad.  The government will consult on new regulations to require these agencies to advertise vacancies in English in the UK.

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