The director of an Indian Restaurant in Southend-On-Sea has been disqualified for 6 years for employing illegal workers.

The director of an Indian Restaurant in Southend-On-Sea has been disqualified for 6 years for employing illegal workers.

Anwar Hussain (?Mr Hussain?) has given an undertaking to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, which prevents him from becoming directly or indirectly involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company for six years from 9 November 2016.

Mr Hussain was the director of a restaurant company trading under the name Mim Spice and on 29 April 2015 Home Office Immigration Enforcement Officers discovered that he was employing 3 workers who were not eligible to work in the UK.

The company went into liquidation on 2 December 2015 owing ?34,296 to creditors, of which ?30,000 was the fine imposed by the Home Office Immigration and Enforcement for employing the three illegal workers.

Commenting on the disqualification, Sue Macleod, Chief Investigator 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 tax payer and undercut honest competitors. ?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

?The public has a right to expect that those who break the law will face the consequences and this should serve as a warning to other directors tempted to take on illegal staff?.