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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7077.3b (Published 01 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:S3b-7077

Skilled motivators the Home Office: to disencourage employers who might otherwise think of engaging applicants ineligible for work in Britain, they have created… a new criminal offence. Since 27 January 1997 employers who knowingly take on someone affected by the immigration act of 1971” will commit a criminal offence and be liable for a fine of up to £5000.

Employers will have a defence if they can show they have performed pre-employment checkswhich in most cases will mean ensuring the applicant has a valid national insurance number.

But be warned: making such checks only on applicants who appear foreign is likely to fall foul of race discrimination legislation. Employers reviewing their procedures in the light of the new adct a wise move can get hold of the guide to the new act at www.open.gov.uk/home_off/ind.htm and on 0181 649 7878.

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