Clause 8 - Offence of illegal working

Part of Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 27th October 2015.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Kate Hollern Kate Hollern Labour, Blackburn 4:15 pm, 27th October 2015

On economic stability and the creation of unfair competition through what is, to my mind, exploitation, I find it difficult to understand why the penalty for an employee is much harder than that for an employer. We would presume that an employer would be more aware of rules and regulations in this country, yet they have a get out: they did not know or have “reasonable cause to believe”. The balance needs to be shifted and more onus should be put on the employer who is exploiting people to the detriment of other businesses within the same field. At the same time, we are criminalising people who, whether here illegally or because of a process of right to stay, will probably be unaware of their situation, and certainly—