The Labour Inspectorate recently undertook a similar operation
in respect of the dairy farming industry. Unfortunately, it found
that only 30% of the employers it inspected were compliant with New
Zealand's employment laws. Enforcement action has since been
taken against these non compliant employers. Hopefully, when the
inspections start here in Christchurch, the results will not be the
The Labour Inspectorate and Immigration New Zealand have also
just been allocated an additional $7million to have additional
immigration officers, compliance officers and investigators
operating here in Christchurch. This means that they now have the
resources to undertake additional checks and identify non-compliant
employers. Therefore, if you have not done so already, now is the
time to check your records!
A good place to start is with immigration compliance.
Do you have evidence to prove that all of your employees are
working lawfully, even those you think are New Zealanders?
Have you made a note of when visas are expiring, so you can
ensure that employees don't work beyond their expiry
You could be fined $50,000 for employing an unlawful worker, so
it is worthwhile checking. If you would like any help or advice in
checking or resolving employees' visa issues,
Nicola Appleton our immigration guru would be happy to
The Labour Inspectorate will also be checking compliance with
employment laws. Before being visited by the Inspectorate, we
Do you have copies of all of your employees' signed
employment agreements on file?
Are your wage and time records up to date?
Are you making any deductions from employees' wages/salary?
If so, do you have authority to make those specific
Unfortunately, you cannot rely on a generic clause in the
employment agreement to make such deductions. If you would like any
help with your employment agreements or employee arrangements,
Peter van Keulen in our employment department would be happy to
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