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Do you employ overseas students?
If like Tesco you employee overseas students, do you monitor the number of hours they work to ensure that they don’t breach the terms of their visas?

Unfortunately for Tesco it appears that they may not have done in some cases. They employed some overseas nationals who were in the UK on student visas which allowed them to work for no more than 20 hours per week. The Telegraph has reported that the UK Border Agency recently visited a store in Croydon and it appears that some of these employees - predominantly from Bangladesh and India - were found to have been working for up to 3.5 times longer than they were allowed.

Tesco now faces a potential fine of £200,000 if it cannot show that it did everything it could to monitor and restrict the hours of its restricted employees.

The lesson from this episode for employers is to keep a particularly close watch on the number of hours such employees work. It may be easy to set regular hours during term time, but don’t forget that they may not be allowed to work additional hours during holiday periods if it breaches their visa terms.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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