HOUSEKEEPER’S NEW CLAIMS:
She had no written contract
Tax wasn’t taken for 10 weeks
She wasn’t given any wage slips
Attorney General Baroness Scotland was last night facing fresh questions over employing an illegal immigrant as her housekeeper.
A Mail on Sunday investigation has discovered that Britain’s most senior lawyer flouted a series of basic regulations.
We can reveal that she failed to deduct income tax from Loloahi Tapui’s wages for the first ten weeks of employment. And Ms Tapui claims the Peer did not give her payslips or a formal employment contract.
The Baroness first faced calls to resign after it was disclosed that she had employed Ms Tapui, 27, without correctly checking her immigration status. She avoided the sack but was fined £5,000 by the UK Border Agency.
Now our inquiries have prompted fresh questions about her judgment.
Baroness Scotland wrote Ms Tapui’s weekly pay cheques to the housekeeper’s husband, solicitor Alexander Zivancevic, from her Coutts bank account.
Ms Tapui asked her to do this, saying she did not have a bank account, which should have made the Peer suspicious of her employee’s immigration status.
Ms Tapui also claims she was never given a written contract or wage slips, contravening the Employment Rights Act 1996.
She adds that the Peer only clarified her tax position after the MPs’ expenses scandal broke in May.
Official records show Ms Tapui had not had any tax deducted from her wages at the end of the financial year in April.