Tough Stance on Illegal Workers and Underage Drinking

Changes to the Public Disorder Act mean that fines for being found guilty of alcohol serving offenses is set to rise by ten pounds. This does not just include supplying alcoholic beverages to individuals younger than eighteen, but also the sale or attempted sale of alcohol to a person who is drunk, the sale of alcohol to someone buying on behalf of someone under eighteen.

This comes at a time where the consequences for employing workers without the right to work in the UK are also under consideration. Employers must be careful about what kind of individual they employ as tougher civil penalties against businesses who employ illegal migrants may come into force. The Government’s consultation on these proposals will run until 20 August 2013.

These measures include an increase in the maximum penalty to £20,000 per illegal worker, targeted at those employers who repeatedly break the rules. Simplifying the way civil penalties are calculated and the way unpaid penalties can be enforced in the civil courts. Measures to allow recovery of a civil penalty from directors and partners of limited liability businesses, following failure to pay by the business.

The new Government plans are not just about punishment however, new legislation seeks to reward businesses that do follow these rules.

To make it easier for businesses to stay on the right side of the law, plans include reducing the number of documents an employer needs to check to establish a right to work in the UK.

Replacing annual follow-up checks for non-EEA nationals with ones to coincide with the expiry of permission to be in the country and the simplification of the operation of the scheme and the guidance for employers.

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