Illegal employment: who vets your staff?

This week 20 Tesco workers were arrested for breaching the conditions of their visas at one of the company’s dot com buildings in Croydon. Now facing fines of up to £10,000 per worker and further investigations, the case highlights an important issue that many companies face.

Whose responsibility is it to vet workers? Does it lie with the agency, the payroll provider, or the end client that they’ll be performing the work for?

I often speak with clients to find out whether they know their workers; whether they are directly employed or placed through agencies as temporary cover. Sometimes the situation could be so complex that the agency that placed them used an intermediary to find the worker, then a provider for payroll and the vetting of staff as the end client or ultimate hirer.

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