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Business advice: Home Office errors grounds for retailers to challenge illegal working fines

UK employers have a legal duty to carry out document checks on all employees, confirming their right to work in the UK.

If the Home Office alleges an employer has failed to perform these checks properly, they can issue a civil penalty for illegal employment to the business for up to £20,000 per illegal worker – with no cap on the number of fines that can be issued to any one employer.

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