An employer has been ordered to pay a $25,000 penalty after breaching employment law. The employer failed to provide staff with written employment agreements, failed to keep holiday and leave records, and failed to keep time and wage records.

A labour inspectorate visited the workplace and investigated the employer after receiving a complaint from one of the employer’s former employees.

The employer claimed that he was unaware of the law and did not know he had to comply with the minimum standards of employment as he was not proficient in English.

The Employment Relations Authority rejected those factors as mitigating circumstances.