Large penalties for breaches of minimum employment standards

The MBIE website Employment New Zealand reports that breaches of New Zealand’s minimum employment standards are resulting in significant penalties being imposed.  The Labour Inspectorate has found 136 businesses across Auckland and Northland were paying workers below the minimum wage over the past five years. This usually occurred alongside other serious breaches such as having no employment agreement or not being paid correct entitlements under the Holidays Act 2003. Fourteen of these businesses were penalised, with penalties ranging from $145,000 to $200,000.

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