LEGAL | Staff Reporter, New Zealand

Domino's Pizza New Zealand franchisees fined over NZD$32,000 for employment breaches

The Auckland-based businesses reportedly failed to provide employees with correct agreements and records.

Two companies that operated as Domino’s Pizza franchises in Auckland have been penalised $32,400 for breaches of employment law, following an investigation by New Zealand's Labour Inspectorate.

According to their Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, E Lynn Limited and E Ming Limited failed to provide employees with correct employment agreements and to keep correct wage, time, holiday and leave records. Both entities were operated by Xi Chen and affected some 112 staff.

Aside from penalties, Chen also paid his staff more than $54,000 in arrears as calculated by Domino’s Pizza Enterprises.

“It’s disappointing to see companies operating under established and international brands, failing to provide employees with their minimum rights. These businesses have highly systematic approaches to the production of their product. It’s quite unacceptable that they do not have a similarly systematic approach throughout their operations, to ensure compliance with minimum employment rights, for what can be very vulnerable workers," Labour Inspectorate Retail Lead Loua Ward said in a statement.

Ward also stressed that businesses and their brands must have mechanisms in place "to monitor and prevent employment standards breaches."

(Photo credit: Domino's Pizza New Zealand Facebook page)

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