A criminal conviction, jail sentence and unlimited fine is possible in the most serious cases.
Employers (including umbrella companies) have a duty to prevent illegal working in the UK by carrying out prescribed document checks on people before employing them to ensure they are lawfully allowed to work. These checks should be repeated in respect of those who have time-limed permission to work in the UK. On 16 May 2014, changes came into force to strengthen and simplify the civil penalty scheme for employers, and this includes some changes to the document checks employers are required to undertake.
Although the umbrella company Directors are most at risk under this legislation, previous high profile cases have publicly named both the recruitment agency and their end hirer client. Ship Shape believes that the only peace of mind for the agency and client is through visibility of the supply chain procedures and documentation such as ID.