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.
Mr 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.
Mr Nasir appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on January 9.
He 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.
“All employers have workplace pension duties. Don’t take a risk that could affect you for the rest of your life.”
Mr Nasir, who is based at Beaumont Management Services in Duncombe Road, Bradford, will be sentenced at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on February 6.
No one at Akbar’s head office in Bradford was available for comment.
Source : Chroniclelive