Director Disqualified for Employing Illegal Workers

A Director of a Leicester-based clothing company has been disqualified for a period of 6 years following an investigation by the Insolvency Service and Home Office. The company in question went into Liquidation back in 2014 owing creditors £120,000 but it was the company’s employment of 6 workers who were not eligible to work in the UK which ultimately led to the Director’s Disqualification. The Director accepted his Disqualification by way of Undertaking.

Sue MacLeod, Chief Investigator of Insolvent Investigations, Midlands & West at the Insolvency Service, said “Illegal workers are not protected under employment law, and as well as cheating legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities these employers defraud the taxpayer and undercuts honest competitors. This should serve as a warning to other directors who may feel tempted to break the law.”

The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 makes employers responsible for preventing illegal workers in the UK. To comply with the law, a company must check and be able to prove documents have been checked prior to recruitment that show a person is entitled to work.

Matthew Howat, Head of Howat Avraam Solicitors’ Director Disqualification team, comments: “This case shows that, unlike the majority of Disqualification cases which involve financial impropriety, Directors are being targeted for Disqualification for a range of matters across their businesses”.

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