Breaches in time and wage or leave records in the retail sector reached 38 in 2014.
By region, Auckland was the worst offender for employment record breaches, with 134 cases.
Labour inspectorate general manager George Mason says accurate time, leave and wage recordkeeping isn’t just a legal requirement.
“It’s necessary for employers to know what their workers are doing, what they are being paid and to ensure the business runs efficiently,” Mason says.
“It’s the only way employers can show they’re providing workers with their minimum entitlements such as wage and holiday pay.”
The Employment Relations and the Holidays Acts also require that employers keep employment records that can be shown on request by a labour inspector.
“A number of recent cases investigated by the Inspectorate show that some employers still fail to meet these basic obligations and are faced with the consequences,” Mason says.
Fines for a breach can be up to $10,000 for individuals and $20,000 for companies.
Mason says if you’re aware of a breach occurring, contact the MBIE on 0800 20 90 20.