Employment Relations Authority fines grower $6k

by | Apr 6, 2017 | News & Events

A Kumeu strawberry grower has been penalised $6,000 after being caught a second time by a Labour Inspector for failing to provide written employment agreements, or keep accurate holiday and leave records.

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) found that strawberry grower, A and J Zaknic & Sons Limited, had a long history of failing properly to pay seasonal workers or keep accurate records, despite receiving warnings. The company entered an enforceable undertaking in December 2013 promising to fix these issues, however the Labour Inspectorate at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) continued to receive complaints from employees.

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