Employees generally agree to be employed, under some kind of contract of service, to work for some form of payment. This can include wages, salary, commission and piece rates.
Employers must ensure that employees are paid fairly and need to understand minimum pay entitlements for all employees including:
- starting-out worker
- children, and
- people with disabilities.
Paying employees fairly also means:
- women and men must receive the same pay rates for doing the same or substantially similar work.
- an employer cannot discriminate due to an employee’s colour, race, ethnic or national origins, sex (including pregnancy or childbirth status), marital or family status, age, disability, religious or ethical belief, political opinion, sexual orientation or union activity.
This section helps employers and employees ensure the correct calculation of wages. Topics covered include:
- when and how wages should be paid
- minimum pay
- working out annual holiday pay
- working out pay for other holidays and leave
- entitlements at the end of employment
- keeping accurate records.
Dairy sector position statement
This statement sets out the Labour Inspectorate’s position on how the provision of accommodation and other goods and services should be dealt with to ensure the requirements of the Minimum Wage Act 1983 are met.