If you work in HR, compliance or procurement in the construction sector, you’re probably aware of the increasing focus on reducing illegal working and exploitation of unlawful labour within your industry. The issue of illegal workers is a difficult one, but it is essential that everyone involved in the built environment is aware of the risks posed by such workers, the potential exploitation of illegal workers and how we can remedy the problem.
An employer who is found to be employing illegal workers can face a penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker and up to five years in prison. Finding illegal workers on construction sites also leads to reputational damage, for the employer, the prime contractor and the industry as a whole and may have health and safety implications too.
A skills shortage in this sector, which has a high-demand for labour, and the number of self-employed workers can make organisations working in construction a target for illegal workers. And in the face of possible legislative changes post-Brexit, the challenge of maintaining compliance among your disparate workforce may grow further.
We’d like to help you ensure compliance today and in the future and we're running an Immigration Compliance seminar in London on Thursday 8th February, where an expert team will discuss the critical issues relevant for those working in the built environment sector. This will include the latest developments impacted by Brexit, including the position of your EU workforce.
This half-day conference will be held at The Institute of Directors in partnership with Anderselite and we’ll be joined by expert speakers including:
- Chris Tilley, Illegal Working Threat Lead
The Home Office
- Kevin Green, Chief Executive
REC (The Recruitment & Employment Confederation)
- Gavin Jones, Head of Immigration
Osborne Clarke LLP
For more information or to reserve your place, please click here.
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