On 28th June, Style Hairdressing was ordered to pay $16,000 by the Employment Relations Authority for failure to keep wage and time records, failure to pay an employee as per their employment agreement and for breaches of the Wages Protection Act. The law requires all employers to keep wage and time records that are easily accessed or in other words read and understood. In this case the employer did not have any time records for the employee in question. There had also been verbal variations to the employment agreement but the parties could not agree on what was agreed!
So, you probably want to know what you need to do to avoid getting fine for something that seems so trivial?
Here are some guidelines:
These requirements can seem quite onerous if you are a small business owner and keeping up to date with all the changes in employment agreements can be hard. We suggest that you keep a diary of employment matters – conversations, hours worked, good and bad performance, days absent – so you have a record to rely on. If you need a hand with any of these matters or need help designing a system to manager employee records, give us a call today.
Tarryn has worked in HR for over 14 years and loves to solve problems. She is a self professed employment relations junkie! She lives in Auckland with her dedicated husband, tireless toddler and three special needs cats.