Suffolk-bases solicitors Gotlee has created a specialist business immigration service designed to help company owners to legally hire staff from outside the UK.
The catering industry employs a disproportionately high percentage of immigrant workers, making it a particular target market for the firm of solicitors.
Legislation is constantly changing, creating challenges for employers needing to stay the right side of the law, explained Marie Allen, associate solicitor dealing with business immigration and employment at Gotelee’s. “The legislation covering employment of workers from outside the UK was given a shake-up in 2008 when a points-based system was introduced along with the concept of ‘employer sponsorship’ of workers,” she said.
“There are several tiers under which individuals can enter the UK for work and employers can be rightly confused and unsure which one applies and when or if a sponsorship licence is required – which it will be in the majority of cases,” Allen continued.
“We work with clients to identify their needs and guide them through the process, ensuring that all the necessary boxes are ticked and the correct records are in place. It is the responsibility of the employer to make sure those they employ have the right to work in the UK. By not going through the correct channels companies can be prosecuted and incur heavy fines for illegal working practices,” Allen warned.