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Business immigration update

We review two recent news items to highlight why organisations must be prepared and ensuring legal compliance as 2017 progresses.

Director of Labour Market Enforcement announced

The Government has appointed Professor Sir David Metcalf as the first Director of Labour Market Enforcement. The appointment of Sir David is part of the Government’s strategy to tackle workplace abuse. His appointment continues to the Government’s overall determination to weed out unlawful employment law practices including minimum wage abuses and illegal working.

Sir David was the founder of the Low Pay Commission and he will be tasked with ensuring that there is a joined up strategy to ensure greater sharing of intelligence between organisations that tackle worker exploitation. We therefore expect a greater working between the Gang Masters and Labour Abuse Authority, the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate, and HMRC.

Continued crackdown on illegal working

As part of the Government’s continued crack down on illegal working, nearly 100 people were held in a recent raid which targeted nail bar workers. BBC News reported that 280 nail bars were targeted across the country and a variety of nationalities were held. Additionally, and significantly for employers, is that warnings were given to 68 employers threatening fines of £20,000 per illegal worker if they failed to carry out appropriate right to work checks. The Immigration Minister highlighted the success of the raid by focusing on modern slavery.


Failure to be up-to-date on the rights of workers can amount not only to a breach of UK employment law, but can also impact negatively on your businesses overall. Organisations in the spotlight for purported abuses and failing to handle workers sensitively last year include Byron, Uber and Sports Direct. We understand that there is to be a further crackdown on minimum wage enforcement this year and so the Government looks set to continue to ensure that all employers are adhering to their responsibilities.

Seminar to discuss Uber decision

Don’t forget that we will be holding our first seminar of 2017 on the important case of Uber and what employers need to know, so come along and hear from our experienced speakers: our own Head of Employment and the Head of Employment Tax at Moore Stephens.

Click here to read more about the seminar and to book your place.


This briefing is for guidance purposes only. RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any action taken or not taken in relation to this note and recommends that appropriate legal advice be taken having regard to a client's own particular circumstances.

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