Retail and small businesses should be prepared for a visit from a Labour Inspector to check that proper wage records are being kept, and that their employees’ minimum employment entitlements are being met.

In a recent case, successful action was taken by an Inspectorate which caught a local business breaching New Zealand’s employment laws. The business was paying its employees below the minimum wage, and failed to keep adequate wage and time records.

The Employment Relations Authority ordered the employer to pay almost $9,000 in wage arrears to its employees and over $5,600 in penalties.