Small Businesses Concerned By Immigration Act

FSB says small business owners are not immigration officers.

By News Desk
28th February 2008 at 10:57

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) made it clear today that legislation on employing foreign workers could prove to be a real problem for Britain’s small businesses.

Parts of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act which come into force on 29 February put the burden on small businesses to understand and verify 13 different ID forms and 27 different EU passports.  The risks for making a mistake include a £10,000 for employing an illegal immigrant with ignorance being no defence.

Alan Tyrrell at the FSB comments:

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.

As if small businesses didn’t already have enough red tape to contend with.

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