Glossary

  • Labour Inspector

    Qualified inspectors who work on behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to enforce the minimum employment standards for all workplaces in New Zealand. Common areas of employment law a labour inspector enforces are the minimum wage, record keeping, entitlements, wage reductions and illegal workers.

    Labour inspectors have the power to investigate breaches of employment law and issue penalties. For less serious cases, the inspector may issue a notice of improvement so the company can change their workplace practices. For more serious cases, the company may be issued with a penalty, have the case publicised or even be prevented from employing staff in the future.

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