After failing to pay neither a minimum wage nor holiday pay to an employee; as well as failing to keep accurate employment records; Just Kebab Limited has been ordered to pay a $40,000 penalty and $33,661 in arrears.
The decision comes in a recent wave of higher penalties for law breakers for the Employment Relations Authority, who imposed $100,000 in fines against two South Island liquor store and dairy owners who committed grave violations of employment law.
“It is not acceptable for workers to come to New Zealand to seek a better life, and then be underpaid, overworked, and deprived of their most basic rights as employees in this country.” Labour Inspectorate General Manager George Mason commented.
“The Employment Court’s decision should serve as a warning to any employer who is breaking the law that these kinds of breaches will be highly penalised.”
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has urged anyone with concerns about their employment situation, or someone else’s, to call their contact centre on 08000 20 90 20.