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How much is the illegal working civil penalty?

Any employer who is found to be employing an illegal worker can receive a fine of up to £20,000 per illegal worker employed.

In certain circumstances, this can be reduced and will be reduced to zero if the employer has obtained the statutory excuse.

Read more about this and other questions in our

Right to work checks and civil penalties section.

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