Small businesses face fines of £10,000 if they employ people illegally, even if they do so without knowing it.
Alan Tyrrell, FSB Employment Chairman, said: “It is totally unfair to expect small business owners to act as immigration officers and then threaten them with huge fines if they slip up. It is doubly unfair when the Government then fails to adequately publicise the new rules.
“Immigration policy and the implementation of it is a matter for the Government, not for small business owners.
“Expecting small employers to understand and implement complicated immigration rules is ludicrous. The guidance notes alone for this piece of legislation run to nearly thirty pages.”
More information on the implications of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act on employers is available here.
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