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Small business owner fined over £4,000 for hiring apprentice illegally

A small business owner has been fined more than £4,000 by his local council after breaching the terms of his licence by failing to register their apprentice.

Illegal activity

Abbey Love Aslim, the owner of Yankees Hair Studio in Hounslow High Street, illegally hired an apprentice to carry out a range of beauty treatments to customers.

The council discovered the rule break in September 2014 after officials visited the salon after reports of an injury during working hours.

Once the crime was brought to light, Aslim was found guilty of breaching his licensing conditions at Ealing Magistrates’ Court in late August. The business owner was fined £1,000 for the crime, as well as £3,240 in legal costs. Aslim was also fined £50 in victim surcharges.

While in court Aslim was reminded that every apprentice working within the UK should be registered with their local council to ensure optimum levels of safety. The SME owner was also told to keep a record of every treatment carried out in his salon.

Apprentices should be ‘properly trained and supervised

Hounslow council acted with necessary force against Aslim, with Councillor Richard Foote,   cabinet member for community protection for the local government, stating that ‘‘it’s absolutely essential that apprentices are properly trained and supervised especially when it comes to potentially harmful treatments, hence the weight of this fine in this case.’’

‘‘Mr Aslim was aware that he had to register any apprentice but he had failed to do so and we had no choice but to prosecute him,’’ continued Foote.

‘‘Apprenticeships are an important part of the economy in Hounslow and we very much encourage businesses to employ them but they must register them and keep proper records of their training and supervision.’’

‘‘This case came about following a complaint from the public. If you have any concerns about unsafe beauty treatments contact the council and we will investigate.’’