The Employment Relations Authority has upheld claims by husband and wife cleaners at a hotel for unpaid wages.

The ERA held that the employer failed to keep and produce wage and time records as required by the law.  It accepted as a result that the employer had short paid the employees $39,970 and $38,832 over the last five years.

The onus is on the employer to keep proper wage and time records.  The employer may also face a penalty for its failure to do so but that has been deferred to see if it pays the wages owed.  The person responsible for the failure to keep the records has now departed and the current owners are doing their best to comply with the requirements.