The Employment Relations Authority has penalised an employer $50,000 and ordered its director to pay a penalty of $20,000 after it found that the employer was deliberately underpaying its employees’ wages.

The employer kept two sets of wage records.  One recorded hours worked in line with employment agreements and the other recorded actual hours worked which were far in excess of the agreed hours.

The employer has already paid the employees $97,000 in back pay so at least in this case the employees have recovered what they should have been paid.

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