A tip-off on illegal employment activity led to several arrests last week at a large-scale construction site in George Town.
The discovery has prompted a warning from Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman to local employers to ensure that they are hiring people within the limitations of their work permits, and in accordance with the Immigration Law.
“If employers or anyone is uncertain as to their compliance with the law, they should reach out to the WORC department. Failing to adhere to the Cayman Islands Immigration Laws could lead to a substantial monetary fine, being arrested or prosecution in court,” a statement from the department said Monday.
The illegal-employment crackdown happened on 10 Feb., but was only made public this Monday in the WORC media statement.
The arrests were the result of a joint operation between WORC compliance officers and Customs and Border Control officers.
The exercise was initiated following information received by WORC about illegal employment taking place on the George Town site.
“After the inspection and examination of several persons on site, officers discovered Immigration laws had been breached, which resulted in the arrest of multiple persons for various offences,” the statement said.
The WORC statement did not specify which construction site had been raided.
The Cayman Compass queried the number of people arrested and the offences they were held on. That information is still pending.
WORC has said it is continuing to investigate the matter.
Jeremy Scott, WORC deputy director of compliance, said in the statement that similar crackdowns on illegal employment practices will be part of a consistent effort by the department.
“Effective collaboration with other Government Departments such as Customs and Border Control and other key stakeholders is fundamental to the department’s success. The WORC department looks forward to the public’s cooperation and support in moving forward,” he added.