Closed restaurant ordered to pay £1,345 to ex-employee

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A CLOSED St Aubin restaurant – which already owes more than £130,000 in tax and social-security payments – has been ordered to pay a further £1,300 to a former employee.

Shinzo – which specialised in sushi, steak and cocktails – has been hit with a string of legal judgments since announcing in May that it would be closing its doors.

A recent Employment and Discrimination Tribunal judgment has now ordered the business to pay £1,345.68 in unpaid holiday pay to former employee Aliz-Hedy Forro. In the judgment, the tribunal’s deputy chair, Advocate Cyril Whelan, noted that the ‘respondent is in, or is about to go into, liquidation’. He added that the restaurant had failed to respond to the claim.

Shinzo had already been ordered to pay more than £6,000 in unpaid wages to two other former members of staff, while recent Royal Court cases heard that the restaurant owed £70,968.59 in class 1 social-security contributions and more than £63,000 in ITIS tax payments.

Announcing its closure, owner Gavin Roberts said he was owed money from the government’s pandemic fund. However, this was disputed by Customer and Local Services director-general Ian Burns, who said that the business had received ‘funds in the region of £229,000’ from business-support schemes. He added that any outstanding claims for a small fraction of the overall total had been settled.

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