The Employment Relations Authority has ordered an employer to pay $5,500 in penalties and costs after failing to comply with an improvement notice.

The employer was issued an improvement notice under the Employment Relations Act, after a Labour Inspector found that they were breaching multiple employment standards. The employer‘s failings included not keeping copies of written employment agreements for employees, not keeping correct wage and holiday records, and not providing sick leave.

The improvement notice was issued to the employer. The notice required that all employees were to be provided with a written employment agreement, required the employer to keep correct and accurate wage and holiday records, and to provide evidence of any failures to provide sick leave through an audit.

The employer provided the employees with employment agreements but failed to attend to the other elements of the improvement notice. The Labour Inspector notified the Authority.

The Authority decided that the employer had failed to comply with the employment notice within 30 days of when it was issued. This meant the Authority was entitled to impose a fine on the employer.

The Authority decided that the employer had not correctly kept wage and time records, or holiday and leave records. The employer also failed to provide an audit for sick leave.

The employer was ordered to pay $4,000 for failing to comply with the notice, as well as another $1,500 in costs. The Authority also ordered the employer to comply with all aspects of the improvement notice.

Every employee is entitled to minimum employment standards. If you think your employer has breached those standards, it pays to seek advice from a professional with experience in the area.


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