Immigration Act 2016: illegal working offences and new search and seizure powers take effect

Implementation date: 12 July 2016

The Immigration Act 2016 (Commencement No.1) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/603) implement several sections of the Immigration Act 2016. Provisions that come into effect on this date include: a broader definition of what constitutes a criminal offence for employing illegal workers (for employers); increased maximum penalties for employing illegal workers; the creation of a criminal offence for working illegally (for employees); the creation of a new Director of Labour Market Enforcement; and additional powers for immigration officers to search and seize documents.

An employer's guide to right to work checks is available to help interpret the specific details of the new rules.