An employer has been ordered to pay a former employee over $21,000 for unpaid minimum entitlements. 

The employee, who began work in 2003, ceased work in October 2014. A dispute later arose whether or not the employer had paid the correct amount of wages, public holiday and annual leave entitlements. 

The ERA awarded the employee $21,150 plus interest as a result of finding that the employer, who was described as an experienced business man, had not made the correct payments. The investigation meeting was held in December 2018, over 4 years after the employee has ceased working for the employer.

While the employer had some wage and time records, it was not able to show that the employee was paid correctly.

This again demonstrates clearly that it is important to keep accurate records, including after employees cease to be employed.

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