The Employers of Poland agree with the need to prevent the employment of illegal immigrants, but accepted sanctions are disproportionate to the gravity of the infringement. Such regulations may discourage companies from employing foreigners.
Employers who employ foreigners should check their residence permits and keep copies of the entire period of their work. When the State Labour Inspection finds the lack thereof, the employer may even be punished by imprisonment for three years. The courts are also supposed to severely punish among others for taking in a minor person or a number of foreigners at the same time, and for widespread violations of the Act. An employer convicted of one of these offenses will not be allowed to apply for public contracts for a year. The court may also deprive him of access to the EU funds for the period of one to five years, and require the return of the aid received. According to the Employers of Poland, not only can this lead to the loss of contractors, but also to the bankruptcy of many companies.