scoop.co.nz 18 Mar, 2021 00:00 am

Lower Hutt Construction Company To Pay $42K For Unlawful Wage Deductions

Lower Hutt Construction Company To Pay $42K For Unlawful Wage Deductions
The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) ordered Tiger Construction NZ Limited to pay $21,000 in penalties for making unlawful deductions from employees’ wages and a further $21,692 as reimbursement for the deductions to three migrant employees. ...

The Labour Inspectorate, part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) investigated Tiger Construction after receiving complaints from the Philippines Embassy on behalf of three workers alleging deductions were made from their wages without their knowledge.Labour Inspectorate construction sector strategy lead Jeanie Borsboom says that while employers can make deductions from employees’ wages in certain cases, these deductions must be reasonable and must be agreed to by the employee.The employer failed to engage with the Labour Inspectorate stating they had other things to do and did not participate in the ERA’s process.The Labour Inspectorate encourages anyone concerned about their employment situation or the situation of someone they know, to phone the Ministry’s service centre on 0800 20 90 20 where concerns are handled in a safe environment.

Migrants are entitled to the same rights as New Zealand workers and the Inspectorate works closely with the embassy to ensure Filipino workers have access to information about their rights and are treated fairly in the workplace,” Ms Borsboom says.The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) ordered Tiger Construction NZ Limited to pay $21,000 in penalties for making unlawful deductions from employees’ wages and a further $21,692 as reimbursement for the deductions to three migrant employees.

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