Two Strikes And You’re Out
According to reports from the World Federation of Building Service Contractors, John Reid, the Home Secretary in London has proposed a bill, “two strikes and you’re out’’, to eliminate the employment of illegal immigrants. The bill would require directors to be disqualified if their firms were found to be violating immigration laws on two separate occasions. At present, the courts can disqualify directors anywhere from two to 15 years for a range of offenses including allowing a company to trade while insolvent, improper accounting and failure to pay taxes. While the bill language is still to be decided, one version would have directors facing the sanction even if their contractors - not the companies themselves - were found to be employing illegal immigrants. Critics claim the plan is holding business responsible for a government border control problem. There are an estimated 570,000 illegal immigrants in Britain.
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