Byron feels the heat : the sting

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 19 Jan, 2017

#Immigration rules and compliance - Be Aware

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Last July immigration officials arrested dozens of illegal workers at Byron prompting mixed reactions from the national media and the burger chain’s customers. 

The Home Office carried out raids, with Byron’s full cooperation, after it had received intelligence that some individuals  had provided false documents (the restaurant chain had however performed the correct right to work checks on recruits).

The company was accused by some of setting a trap ( inviting employee for training) to bring 35 workers from Non EU countries to a location where they would be arrested. Although on a personal level  I can have sympathy for the employees in question, it has to be accepted they were working illegally and had presumably purchased or created documentation to allow them to break the law.

The Home Office said Byron was fully compliant with the immigration and asylum law in how it handled the issue.

The arrests occurred before the full implementation of tougher immigration rules that came into force 12 July 2016.

The legislation includes the power to close businesses that continue to employ illegal workers, and an increase in the maximum prison sentence from 2 to 5 years if employers are prosecuted. The test of illegal working has also been extended: even if employers only have reasonable cause to believe they are employing someone illegally they can be sanctioned, whereas previously this only applied to organisations that knowingly employed someone illegally.

Once the Home Office had received its intelligence, Byron became aware that it was knowingly employing illegal workers and so “ had no option but to cooperate with the Home Office requests or face civil penalties of up to £ 20,000 per employee".

There is more onus on employers to police right to work but, as long as they are aware of their obligations and have the correct evidence on file, they shouldn’t receive a fine. Employers are not expected to be forgery experts – unless documentation is obviously fake, they would not be expected to spot it.

There were further changes to the UK Immigration Rules that came into force in November 2016 specifically on:

  • Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa
  • Tier 2 General 
  • Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfers 
  • English language
  • Family applicants
  • Other changes
The Home Office is auditing companies every day; the new penalties, the reworking of the Act and the continuing hardening attitude to the abuse of immigration rules make it even more essential that employers comply with legislation.  Employers that have solid policies and processes in place for checking right to work documentation will be in a stronger position to defend their case if they’re found to be employing someone illegally. 
With Article 50 looming upon us and with control of immigration and free movement a major part of the discussions, more changes are to be expected.
The golden rule is to keep informed ( ignorance of the Law is not admissible) and, if in doubt, ask for help/seek advice.

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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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