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Keep up to date with news from across Employment New Zealand.

18 May 2018

Kiwifruit picking company to pay $30k for employment law breaches

Repeated failure to meet minimum employment standards meant a Kiwifruit picking company from the Bay of Plenty was penalised $30,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).

11 May 2018

Employment Court rules retail chain must pay for all hours worked

A national retail chain must pay their employees for the pre-work meetings it had claimed were ‘optional’, after a failed bid to escape a Labour Inspectorate Improvement Notice.

08 May 2018

CourierPost contractor to pay more than $37k for employment breaches

A Kapiti company contracted to CourierPost must pay more than $37,000 for multiple breaches of employment law following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.

02 May 2018

Construction firm hammered with 19k penalty for employment breaches

An Auckland construction company has been penalised $19,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.

20 April 2018

Christchurch restaurants to pay $70k for multiple employment law breaches

A Christchurch company operating two Japanese restaurants has been penalised $70,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) after the Labour Inspectorate found them ignoring employment law.

11 April 2018

BP franchisee owes $250,000 for breaching employment law

Pegasus Energy Limited, which operated as a BP station in Hastings has been ordered to pay upwards of $132,000 in arrears to two ex-staff and $120,000 in penalties.

05 April 2018

Business owner banned from employing staff after serious breaches

A Christchurch business owner has been banned from hiring staff for three years after he was found to have intentionally and persistently breached employment law.

29 March 2018

Minimum wage to increase to $16.50 per hour

The minimum wage will increase to $16.50 per hour on 1 April 2018.

16 March 2018

Restaurant chain owner fined over $40,000 for underpaying staff

An Indian restaurant chain has been fined more than $40,000 in penalties after several breaches to employment law, despite having paid more than $24,000 to staff in arrears previously.

06 March 2018

Tour company to pay $110,000 for employment breaches

A South Island based tour company has been ordered to pay more than $110,000 in penalties and arrears following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.