The implementation date for increased illegal working penalties has now been confirmed – the new rates came into force from yesterday, 13 February 2024.

From that date, the maximum civil penalty will be £45,000 per illegal employee for a first breach (up from £15,000), and £60,000 per illegal employee for repeat breaches (up from £20,000).

An employer could also face a civil penalty if they are found to have employed an illegal employee and have not conducted valid right to work checks.

An updated code of practice on preventing illegal working has also now come into force.