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May 26 2016

Two Directors Banned for Hiring Illegal Workers

A director at a Leicester-based clothing company and a director at a Scottish restaurant are the latest to be disqualified for recruiting illegal workers. Asimali Alihusen, a director of Leicester-based AJ Design, has been disqualified from acting as a director for seven years, while Harcharan Singh Sekhon, owner of restaurant Bombay Blues in Glasgow, has been disqualified for six years from being a director of a limited company. Following a joint investigation by the Insolvency Service and the Home Office, Alihusen was found to have allowed AJ Design to employ 17 illegal workers. AJ Design went into liquidation on 12 June 2015 owing ?270.6k to creditors, including a ?255k fine for employing illegal workers. Meanwhile, an Insolvency Service investigation found Singh Sekhon failed to ensure relevant immigration checks were completed and copy documents retained, which resulted in the employment of four illegal workers. All of the illegal workers at the restaurant were also found to have been paid less than the National Minimum Wage - ?6.70 for those aged 21 and over, ?5.30 for 18-20-year-olds, ?3.87 for workers aged under 18 and ?3.30 for apprentices.