Vineyard labour contractor to pay $73,081.70 for employment law breaches (3 May 2017) (New Zealand)

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

A viticulture labour contracting business has been ordered to pay $73,081.70 in penalties and arrears for breaching employment law following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.

Marlborough based business Precise Contracting Limited was found to have failed to provide 83 employees with minimum wage, correct holiday pay, or keep proper employment records.

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) set a $40,000 penalty on top of the $33,081.70 of arrears to be paid to workers.

During the Labour Inspectorate’s investigation, multiple problematic employment practices were highlighted, such as failing to pay employees their last weeks’ pay or holiday pay when they left the business.

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