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Appendix 10 - Rules for non-compliant employers

  1. The Labour Inspectorate maintains a list of non-compliant employers in accordance with the rules set out in the table below.
  2. An employer is non-compliant when they have been issued with an infringement notice by a labour inspector, or had a penalty ordered against them by the Employment Relations Authority or the Employment Court for employment standards-related breaches.
  3. An immigration officer should rely on the list of non-compliant employers maintained by the Labour Inspectorate as evidence of whether or not the employer is a non-compliant employer under these rules.

    Enforcement action

    Stand-down period

    Infringement notice

    • 6 month stand-down for a single infringement notice.
    • Each subsequent infringement notice incurs a further stand-down of 6 months.
    • The maximum stand-down for multiple infringement notices issued at one time is 12 months.

    Penalties ordered by the Employment Relations Authority or by the Employment Court for employment standards-related breaches

    Penalties

    • 6 month stand-down when the total amount of penalties ordered in a case is up to and including $1,000 for individuals and companies.
    • 12 month stand-down when the total amount of penalties ordered in a case is:
      • over $1,000 but less than $10,000 for individuals
      • over $1,000 but less than $20,000 for companies.
    • 18 month stand-down when the total amount of penalties ordered in a case is:
      • $10,000 and above, but less than $25,000, for individuals
      • $20,000 and above, but less than $50,000, for companies.
    • 24 month stand-down when the total amount of penalties ordered in a case is:
      • $25,000 and above for individuals
      • $50,000 and above for companies.

    Declaration of Breach ordered by the Employment Court and any subsequent order of pecuniary penalties

    • 12 month instant stand-down when Declaration of Breach issued, adjusted up to 24 months if a pecuniary penalty is issued following a Declaration of Breach Pecuniary penalties are those penalties ordered under section 142E of the Employment Relations Act 2000 (against a person in respect of whom the court has made a declaration of breach).

    Banning Order

    • 12 month stand-down from recruiting migrant workers for employers incurring a banning order of less than 5 years, to be added at the end of the ban period.
    • 24 month stand-down from recruiting migrant workers for employers incurring a banning order of 5 years and over, to be added at the end of the ban period.

Notes:
• The Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court may take the approach of looking at the totality of penalties for a group of breaches without necessarily identifying a penalty for each breach. In this situation, the stand-down periods are set according to the total dollar amount for penalties ordered for a case in relation to breaches of employment standards.
• If an individual or company incurs several penalties in one authority determination or court judgement they will only get up to the maximum of 24 months stand-down period at that time. However, the individual or company will be subject to another stand-down period after this if further non-compliance results in enforcement action that triggers another stand-down.
• Employment standards related breaches are breaches of any of the following:
• the requirements of any of sections 6469Y69ZD69ZE, and 130 of the Employment Relations Act 2000
• the requirements of sections 63A and 65 of the Employment Relations Act 2000
• the provisions of the Equal Pay Act 1972
• the minimum entitlements and payment for those under the Holidays Act 2003
• the requirements of sections 81 and 82 of the Holidays Act 2003
• the minimum entitlements under the Minimum Wage Act 1983
• the provisions of the Wages Protection Act 1983

Effective 19/02/2018

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Appendix 10 - Rules for non-compliant employers (01/04/2017)

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