A restaurant boss who flouted UK immigration laws by employing an illegal worker has been disqualified as a director for six years following collaboration between the Insolvency Service and Home Office Immigration Enforcement.

Grantham based Yuk Kwai Chan (aka Eddie Chan), 57, employed an illegal immigrant at his restaurant in Stamford, Lincolnshire. The restaurant was visited by the Home Office Immigration Enforcement in 2014 when the illegal worker was discovered.

Chan gave an undertaking to the Insolvency Service not to manage or control a company for six years until 2021. His disqualification will commence on 10 August 2015.

Anthea Simpson, Head of Company Investigations at the Insolvency Service, said:

The Insolvency Service rigorously pursues directors who break employment and immigration laws. Taking on staff illegally means those staff do not enjoy basic employment rights and is a clear breach of a directors duties.

The public has a right to expect that those who break the law will face the consequences. Running a limited company means you have statutory obligations as well as protections, and this should serve as a warning to other directors tempted to take on illegal staff.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

Illegal working is not victimless. It undercuts honest employers, cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities and defrauds the taxpayer.

Businesses should be aware that they have a duty to check that their staff have permission to work in the UK.

We are happy to work with employers who play by the rules but those who do not should know that they will not go under our radar.