Hospitality businesses could face £2,000 for employing illegal staff

30 October 2006
Hospitality businesses could face £2,000 for employing illegal staff

Hospitality businesses employing illegal immigrants who have bought Romanian passports on the black market could be hit by £2,000 fines, experts have warned.

They said the influx of Moldavians obtaining Romanian passports over the past 12 months - which allow them to convert to EU passports once Romania joins the EU - could cause significant problems for UK employers.

Under the New Asylum and Immigration Act, a fixed penalty of £2,000 will be issued for employers who employ illegal staff, creating a new criminal offence of knowingly employing or exploiting illegal workers.

Fiona McKay, spokeswoman for health and safety consultancy MJL, said this offence could carry a custodial sentence of up to two years if a director, officer or manager knew the worker's passport was not legitimate.

"In order for an employer to satisfy their legal obligations when employing an EU or foreign national, they have to be clear as to the validity of the documentation provided by the individual," she said.

"Employers will have no idea who they are employing, and could even be employing a serious criminal unless they are vigilant."

CBI welcomes curbs on Bulgarian and Romanian hospitality workers >>

No need to worry about influx of migrants, say hospitality industry leaders >>

Employing immigrants >>

By Emma Ann Hughes

E-mail your comments to Emma Ann Hughes]( businesses could face £2,000 for employing illegal staff) here.

Get your copy of Caterer and Hotelkeeper every week -

[Sudoku]( "A new puzzle every day!") Join the craze and play Sudoku online!
[Newswire For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail news alerts.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking