The Employment Relations Authority has ordered an employer to pay seven staff over $41,000 for short paid wages and unpaid holiday pay.  The employees claimed that they worked up to 50 hours per week but were only paid for 30-45 hours each.  The employer’s records were deficient and the Inspector believed that they were created after the records were requested by the Labour Inspector.  They failed to correctly record the hours worked and wages paid and also failed to account for holiday pay.

In addition to being ordered to pay the $41,000 in back pay, the case will proceed to a further hearing to decide penalties against the employer for failing to make the correct payments and failing to keep proper records.

Alan Knowsley

Employment Lawyer