Restau­rant work­ers missed out on pen­sion

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STAFF at Ak­bar’s In­dian restau­rant in New­cas­tle were among em­ploy­ees un­law­fully missed out on re­ceiv­ing a work­place pen­sion – and the man re­spon­si­ble lied to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

More than 100 work­ers at the restau­rant chain were not given ac­cess to a work­place pen­sion, de­spite laws re­quir­ing the busi­nesses to au­to­mat­i­cally en­rol its staff in a scheme.

The 103 work­ers af­fected were based in Ak­bar’s nine branches in New­cas­tle, Mid­dles­brough, Manch­ester, Birm­ing­ham, Sh­effield, Leeds, and York.

Brad­ford-based ac­count man­ager Man­soor Nasir was found to have lied to The Pen­sions Reg­u­la­tor (TPR), claim­ing that the firm’s em­ploy­ees were re­ceiv­ing the cor­rect ben­e­fits. Nasir then tried to cover up his fail­ure by send­ing the false dec­la­ra­tions to TPR.

The of­fences took place be­tween Septem­ber 2014 and May 2017.

At Brighton Mag­is­trates’ Court this week, Nasir pleaded guilty to nine charges of know­ingly or reck­lessly pro­vid­ing TPR with in­for­ma­tion which was false or mis­lead­ing, con­trary to sec­tion 80 of the Pen­sions Act 2004.

Joe Turner, TPR’S head of com­pli­ance and en­force­ment, said: “Part of Nasir’s job was to put the restau­rant staff into work­place pen­sions.

“He failed to do so and then tried to cover it up by ly­ing to us.

“Giv­ing us false or mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion is a se­ri­ous of­fence that can earn you a fine, a prison sen­tence and a crim­i­nal record.”

Nasir, who is based at Beau­mont Man­age­ment Ser­vices in Dun­combe Road, Brad­ford, will be sen­tenced on Fe­bru­ary 6.

No-one at Ak­bar’s head of­fice in Brad­ford was avail­able for com­ment.

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