Two Waikato businesses operated by a sole director and shareholder have been ordered to pay $21,600 in penalties by ERA for exploiting a migrant worker underpaid by nearly $30,000.
A Labour Inspectorate investigation found Kumar Holdings and Associates Limited (Kumar Holdings) and World Class Kiwi Parcel Limited (World Class Kiwi), both owned by Nitesh Kumar, failed to pay minimum wage and holiday pay, and keep accurate employment records.
Kumar Holdings operates a courier logistics business, contracted to NZ Post and a cleaning business, which traded as Green Acres. World Class Kiwi also operates a courier logistics business. The ERA found both defaulting companies failed to pay minimum wage and holiday pay, and keep accurate employment records.
Kumar Holdings and World Class Kiwi will be placed on the Stand Down list for 12 months and will be prevented from hiring migrant workers for that time. Migrant workers are a particularly vulnerable section of the workforce, as they’re less likely to be aware of their rights and entitlements and can be concerned regarding their visa status.