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Petrol station fined $28k for underpaying

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/05/2017

A Northland gas station has been hit with a $28,500 bill for underpaying workers.

A Labour Inspectorate Investigation found IXL Petroleum and Gas Limited on State Highway 1 in Ruakaka had committed serious breaches of employment law and owed four staff $14,500 arrears in wages.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on Thursday said the station had breached obligations to pay at least the minimum wage, correct holiday pay, and made unlawful deductions.

One of the employees was only paid for 20 hours a week, despite records showing they worked significantly longer, while another was charged for customer drive-offs and for having their visa supported, MBIE said.

An additional $14,000 penalty was issued to the company by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).

"Every person employed in New Zealand must be provided with their minimum employment entitlements - anything less is unacceptable," Labour Inspectorate regional manager Loua Ward says.

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