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Baker ordered to pay $300k in staff arrears, penalties

4th November 2021 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

The owner of Dunedin-based Romeeco Bakery has been ordered to pay $299,038 in arrears and penalties after a Labour Inspectorate investigation.

The inquiry found employer Anesly Joy Samuel failed to pay three workers the correct wages, holiday and sick leave pay in breach of the Employment Relations Act 2000, the Minimum Wage Act 1983, and the Holidays Act 2003.

The Employment Relations Authority ordered Samuel to pay penalties of $139,000 to the Crown and a total of $19,000 to the employees. 

The ERA also ordered the employer to pay $141,038.24 to the employees for arrears of minimum wage, annual and public holiday entitlements, and sick leave.



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