Is liquidation a solution?
In the cases we have dealt with, the fines were not followed through to the company director, however disqualification was in fact more prevalent.
Note: In addition, an employer can be sent to jail for 5 years and pay an unlimited fine if they’re found guilty of employing someone whom they knew or had ‘reasonable cause to believe’ didn’t have the right to work in the UK. A civil penalty could be levied in the sum of £20,000 for each illegal worker employed.
So, employing someone who does not have the legal right to work in the UK could be very expensive, result in a prosecution and a director disqualification. In addition, a confiscation order could follow!
COMMENT by Richard Rones
"In my experience, Home Office actions and subsequent company fines, as well as company director disqualifications, do seem to be on the increase – it does appear that the Home Office and the Insolvency Service are talking!"