The Immigration Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016 meaning it is now law. The measures contained in the Act will be implemented in the coming months. The Act is intended to ‘strengthen the immigration system and make it harder than ever for people who have no right to be in the UK to live here’.
The Act contains a number of important changes which employers need to be aware of. The Act:
- Includes a new criminal offence which will make it easier to prosecute employers (and directors and officers within organisations) under the criminal law
- Increases the penalties for non-compliance with illegal working laws
- Introduces a new sanction of a 48 hour shut down for businesses which are suspected of employing illegal workers in specific circumstances