Employers warned, as penalty for employing illegal workers doubles
Employers in the hospitality sector are being urged to familiarise themselves with the right-to-work checks necessary to avoid prosecution and fines, as the maximum penalty for employing an illegal worker has increased from £10,000 to £20,000. The Home Office has also launched an interactive online tool that employers can use to find out which documents they need to check, and has published a three-step guide to conducting right-to-work checks correctly. Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said: “At the same time as getting tougher on rogue employers, we want to support legitimate ones by making it easier for them to check the immigration status of potential employees by using our new online tool.”
Start ups receive free advice from family and friends worth £4,000
The average small business in its first year of trading receives free support and advice from family and friends equivalent to almost £4,000 in paid hours, according to a survey carried out by insurance provider AXA. The study of 260 small business owners found that two in five believed they would not have succeeded in starting up without the support of family and friends. The most frequently cited skills offered by family and friends included administrative support, IT support, and product or service sampling and feedback. The research also found that small business owners received on average £871 in investment from family members during their first year.