Migrant summer workers need proof of ID warns DAS

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Employing summer migrant workers is posing problems for pub chefs. Casual staff from overseas are often taken on to help meet the demands of excess...

Employing summer migrant workers is posing problems for pub chefs. Casual staff from overseas are often taken on to help meet the demands of excess summer trade, but pub chefs are finding it difficult to steer the thin line between their new legal obligations on identity checks for foreign workers and racial discrimination. Fears over potential fines of £5,000 for each illegal worker, or claims of discrimination during recruitment, have intensified, according to legal protection insurer DAS. It advises that if employers are called into question over their appointment of a foreign worker, the first line of defence is to prove that they have checked for a recognised form of identification and eligibility. This could be in the form of a UK passport or National Identity card, work permit with a passport, or a letter from the Home Office. DAS said an employer must ensure documents relate to the person in question and are originals. These must then be photocopied and retained until six months after the employee has ceased working for them. Rhian Gait Rosser, DAS's advice manager, said: "With the enlarged EU, some workers going legal' and a host of others attempting to enter [the black market], it can be a nightmare of rules, regulations and procedures. "Nobody likes to be told who they may or may not employ, but following the guidelines ensures there is no comeback later.

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