Undocumented Workers:Written question - 6174

(Sheffield Central)
Asked on: 08 July 2015
Home Office
Undocumented Workers
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employers were sent a civil penalty notice for the employment of an undocumented worker in each of the last 12 months.
Answered by: James Brokenshire
Answered on: 21 July 2015

The table gives information on the number of Referral Notices received by the Civil Penalty Compliance Team from July 2014-June 2015 for all workers. Some Referral Notices will include more than one worker and an employer may receive more than one Referral Notice during a 12 month period. The table also shows the number of penalties that were served on employers for employing an illegal worker from July 2014-June 2015. The same employer may have received more than one penalty during this 12 month period. Referral notices received near the end of a calendar month may not be concluded with a Civil Penalty being issued until the following month.

The table provides the number of workers for whom employers have received a penalty of either £20,000 or £15,000 in each of the last 12 months. In addition to the table, 1450 employers have received a penalty of less than £15,000 per worker for employing an undocumented worker in the last 12 months. In the case of a first time breach, the £15,000 penalty can be reduced where specified mitigating factors are shown.

The table also shows how many employers were served with a No Action Notice (NAN) or Notification of No Liability (NONL) from July 2014 - June 2015. These may be served where an employer has established a statutory excuse against the employment for all the workers encountered.

The proportion of Civil Penalty Notices issued in the 12 month period is 73%, the proportion of NANs or NONL issued in the 12 months period is 27%.

Please note the figures for penalties levied at the initial decision stage which may be reduced, cancelled, increased or reissued at the objection or appeal stage.

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