| Commentary

(2) Liability on the employer

| Commentary

(2)     Liability on the employer

The primary law is contained in the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 (IANA 2006). An employer who knowingly employees illegal labour is subject to criminal prosecution and a maximum of five years' imprisonment and an unlimited fine (IANA 2006 s 21, amended by the Immigration Act 2016). However, of greater significance for most employers is the system of liability for non-deliberate employment of such a person, with the law putting significant pressure on the employer to check lawful status. The phraseology is significant here. Any employer

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