$6k fine for Queenstown restaurant

  • 25/12/2015

A Queenstown restaurant that largely employs migrant workers has been fined $6000 after it failed to keep proper employment records.

Hiraki Japanese Restaurant was hit with the penalties after a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment investigation revealed it did not keep complete time, holiday and leave records for employees.

Even though the restaurateur did not speak English as his first language, it is still no excuse not to keep accurate records, MBIE's southern regional manager Stuart Lumsden said.

"The restaurant predominantly employs migrant workers that are a particularly vulnerable section of the workforce," he said.

"Without accurate employment records it's impossible for the employer to show they are providing workers with their minimum entitlements like minimum wage and holiday pay."