If you are working on a temporary visa, or without a proper visa and you are not receiving
your minimum statutory entitlements under the Minimum Wage Act 1983, the Holidays Act
2003, or if your employer has failed to comply with the Wages Protection Act 1983, it is likely
that you are being exploited.
Common Claims: Employees who suspect that they are being exploited commonly claim for
unpaid annual leave, public holiday entitlements, and unpaid wages. The Worker’s Advocate
often pursues penalties on behalf of workers who have been exploited.
- request for wage and time records from employer
- claims meeting with employee
- formal claim put to employer
- settlement or commencement of proceedings in the Employment Relations Authority.
Notable exploitation cases of The Worker’s Advocate:
- Recovery of Unpaid Wages/$30,000 in penalties
- $78,000 recovery of unpaid wages and entitlements; penalties
- employer found to have breached employment agreement; penalty ordered to be paid by employer to employee
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