Employer disqualified for flouting employment laws
A business owner in Berkshire has been disqualified from acting as a director for seven years after she was found to be employing three illegal workers at her restaurant in January 2015.
After an inspection by Home Office Immigration Enforcement officials uncovered the three illegal workers, Rokeya Monir, the sole registered director of Nawab Lounge Ltd, was originally fined £30,000, to be paid on or before 31st March 2015. Rokeya Monir did not comply, and in August 2015 Nawab Lounge Ltd went into liquidation with the fine still outstanding.
Following further investigations by the Insolvency Service and Home Office Immigration Enforcement, the former owner of the business has been given disqualification undertakings that prevent her from acting as a director of a company, taking part either directly or indirectly in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership, or from being a receiver of a company’s property, commencing from 28th September 2017.
David Brooks, a Chief Investigator at the Insolvency Service, commented on the case:
“The Insolvency Service rigorously pursues directors who fail to pay penalties imposed by the government for breaking employment and immigration laws. We have worked closely in this case with our colleagues at the Home Office to achieve this disqualification.
The director sought to gain an unfair advantage over her competitors by employing individuals who did not have the right to work in the UK in breach of her duty as a director.
The public has a right to expect that those who break the law will face the consequences. If you fail to comply with your obligations, the Insolvency Service will investigate and you run the risk of being removed from the business environment.”
The undertakings placed on Rokeya Monir highlight the potential penalties that are available to authorities in their pursuit of both illegal workers and the unscrupulous employers that attempt to exploit them.