Law-breaking business owners’ crimes are being kept a secret if they pay up, The Argus can reveal.

Firms employing illegal workers have their names and details withheld from the public if they pay a Home Office fine within a specified period.

Government officials say the policy helps “drive compliance” and protects the companies’ “commercial interests”.

Reported by the Brighton Telegraph and Argus. You can read the full story here. 

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